Via The Army Times
CLERMONT, Fla. —The Defense Department said Tuesday that Army Spc. Alexander J. Miller of Clermont, Fla., died Friday in Nuristan Province during an insurgent attack. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
A Fort Drum spokeswoman said Tuesday that Miller has been awarded the Purple Heart, among other medals.
Miller’s stepfather told the Orlando Sentinel that the 21-year-old “put everybody before himself.”
According to the Defense Department, as of Monday, at least 686 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began in late 2001.