After his mother died of breast cancer, Army Pfc. James H. Miller IV turned to music for solace and started playing with a Metallica-loud band.
In later years he found a new way to conquer adversity: helping others.
“He took to being a medic and decided that was what he wanted to do with his life,” James H. Miller III said. “He
wanted to come home someday and make a living helping treat trauma victims.”
The 22-year-old from Cincinnati was killed on Jan. 30, 2005, in an explosion while guarding a polling place during the Iraqi election. He was stationed at Fort Sam Houston.
Miller was a creative student in high school who took courses including digital imaging and music theory, said Diana Carter, principal of the high school Miller attended.
“He was a very creative and energetic young man, very mature,” she said.
He joined the military after graduating from high school to help find discipline and a path to a new career.
“He loved what he was doing over there,” his father said. “He really believed in the mission we have over there.”