Lynch rescuer honored at Veterans Day ceremonies

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2003

ANCHORAGE - A soldier credited with helping Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch survive a firefight in Iraq was honored Tuesday at Veterans Day ceremonies.

Pvt. Patrick Miller, a mechanic from Kansas, received a standing ovation at ceremonies honoring veterans at the Alaska National Guard Armory at Camp Denali on Fort Richardson, attended by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Miller was in the convoy of the 507th Maintenance Company that took a wrong turn and came under attack by Iraqi fighters March 23 at Nasiriyah.

Miller returned fire against an Iraqi mortar crew firing at the Americans in the convoy. He was credited with preventing the mortar attack from blowing up the trucks.

"To me, it was just another job I had to do, that I volunteered to do," he told KTUU-TV.

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