Specialist Brandon E. Miller
Brandon was born on September 14, 1982 in Coles County, the son of Edward and Bonnie Boys Miller. He was raised by his loving mother and father Bonnie and Harry Fitzgerald. He was a graduate of Shelbyville High School in the class of 2000. On his 18th birthday, September 14, 2000, Brandon joined the U.S. Army to be an Army Ranger. Brandon completed Basic Training and the Infantryman’s Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Benning, GA. Upon completion of Basic Training and AIT, SPC Miller attended the United States Army Basic Airborne Course and the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP). SPC Miller was then assigned as a Rifleman and Squad Automatic Weapons gunner to 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While assigned to the Rangers, Brandon participated in numerous training and combat operations to include Operation Enduring Freedom from Dec. 2001 to Apr. 2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from Mar. 2003 to Apr. 2003. Additionally, Brandon’s unit participated in the rescue mission of Jessica Lynch. Brandon’s awards include the coveted Ranger Tab, Basic Parachutist’s Badge, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Powers and husband Jim of Findlay; sister, Brittany Fitzgerald of Shelbyville; grandparents, Carl and Lois Boys of Shelbyville; great grandmother, Agnes Ground of Manteno; aunts and uncles, John and Debbie Tichenor of Shelbyville, Mike and Janet Ehret of Belleville and Harold and Marsha Boys of Shelbyville; cousins, Robert and Jennifer (Storm) McCullough of Belleville, Carla Storm of St. Louis, Steve and Sarah (Boys) Humphrey of Havelock, NC, Rachel Boys of Springfield, Justin Tichenor of Mattoon and Wyatt Tichenor of Shelbyville.
He is survived by his father, Harry Fitzgerald of Shelbyville; aunts and uncles, Pansie Markham, Nancy Linder, Charles Fitzgerald and John Fitzgerald all of Fairfield; and cousins, Debbie Bennett and Paul Bennett both of Fairfield.
He is survived by his natural father, Edward Miller and wife Naidean of Pana; half-brother, Rudie Miller of Pana; half-sister, Hannah Miller of Pana; step-brother and special friend Luke Lehman of Pana; step-brother, Ben Lehman of Ladysmith, WI; step-sister, Sarah Stricklin of Ladysmith, WI; grandparents, Arnold and Doris Miller of Pana; and great grandmother, Alice Witt of Pana;
He was preceded in death by his aunt, Maureen Boys; grandparents, John and Helen Fitzgerald; great grandparents, Clint and Dorothy Miller.
Memorial contributions can be made in Brandon’s name to: The 75th Ranger Regiment Association, P.O. Box 921, Heflin, AL 36264