In today’s society, it is hard to know someone who another person can look up to as a hero. It takes a special quality and person for others to know they can look up to and follow without worrying about being lead astray. The modern day hero I have chosen is someone who not only is willing to lay his life down for another, but also is willing to fight for everyone’s freedom. James A. Miller Jr.
is that modern day hero; he is a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp. For the last year, he has been overseas fighting for not only the lives of all Americans, but he is also trying to free the Iraqi Government and people. Growing up, I always thought of him as just my baby brother. After he joined the Marines in 1993, I have seen him grow into a young man who many look up to. Not only do my children and his look up to him, but many others do also. James is a smart, good-looking young man whom everyone enjoys being around.
He is into hunting, fishing and being outdoors which are just some of his favorite hobbies. He loves spending time with his family and doing whatever he can with them when the time allows. James and all the men and women who are willing to serve and protect are the real heroes of our day and age. They should be commended for the service they provide. James is in charge of the Combined Anti-Armor Team. Being a section leader, he is in charge of 30 to 45 Marines, 8 Hummers, 6 machine gun variants and 2 tow variants, (TOW) is Tube launched Optical command linked Wire guided missile.
He Ever Regards Others What is a hero? Is it someone that "saves the day and gets the girl?" This used to be my definition of a hero until I grew up and really learned what a hero is. The dictionary says a hero is "a man of great strength and courage, favored by the gods and in part descended from them, often regarded as a half-god and worshiped after his death." Through society though we are ...
Over the past year, he has had 9 months of float, 3 combat operations in 3 different areas in the world. Some of the areas he has been are Kosovo, Djibotia, Africa and Iraq. During one of his tours of combat, his unit was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation (PUC).
The PUC is awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary acts of heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or after 7 th of December 1941. The unit must display such gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extreme difficult and hazardous contributions as to set it apart and above other units participating in the same campaign.
The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of a Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. This past year, having been overseas helping fight for the freedom of many lives, James has worked with many men and women that could be classified as heroes; those who went above and beyond the call of duty to save the lives of others. He recommended several men in his unit for special citations due to those acts of honor. While in battle, James has encountered not only enemy fire, but also witnessed the loss of one of his men because of the enemy fire. Although he has witnessed not only death, destruction and even caused it, he is still the sweetest man around. Comparing him to a mythological hero of war was hard; there have been many heroes in the past that has laid their lives down for their country.
The classical hero I chose to compare my brother and hero to is Sir Lancelot of the Lake. Lancelot, after being abandoned by his mother, was supposedly raised by the Lady of the Lake. Lancelot came to King Arthur’s Court a mere young lad and turned into a knight by doing many valiant deeds for the king and kingdom. During his time in court, he saved the life of the Queen and the lives of many others. During his service with King Arthur, Sir Lancelot became known as the greatest hero and knight of the Round Table while feared by many and loved by all. James and Sir Lancelot have many qualities that are similar; they both fought for what they believed in and were willing to die for those beliefs.
A Hero: Martin Luther King Martin Luther continues even posthumously to remain a champion hero to the freedom loving people not only in America, but the world over. We can not imagine the world without a figure like him having graced our world and for providing a rudder to a world sailing without direction as far a human rights and freedom are concerned. In fact, whenever there is any talk or ...
James, whom was given the honor of the P. U. C. , goes on missions and fights enemies in the name of our country.
Lancelot, who fought many wars and went on quests in the name of his king, was dubbed a knight and was given a right to the Round Table. The differences between James and Sir Lancelot are that Lancelot betrayed his king by having an affair with Genevieve who was the Kings wife. During his search for the Holy Grail, although he found it he was denied access because of his love for Genevieve was greater than his love for God. James is very faithful to not only his wife, but also his country. He believes in God and to betray an oath made would be betraying everything he holds dear.
James should be “mythologized” because of the acts of heroism he has performed over his lifetime. For all the lives he has touched and saved, many people are thankful for his acts of kindness and heroism. He stands for what he believes in and fights for the freedom of those that cannot. James is an individual that anyone can talk to and have confidence that he can and will do what is right for this Country; he is willing to die for his love of the United States and his family. He is a true modern day hero.
The men and women that fight with him, beside him and in every other branch of the military are also heroes. James is a very special person who manages to bring a smile to peoples’ faces, but also can strike fear into enemies. Below are 2 pictures: one of SSgt. James A. Miller Jr. on one of his missions and a jeep that was also involved in the mission.
Modern Day Hero Outline: 1. James A. Miller. Childhood. Family 2. Comparisons to a mythological hero-Sir Lancelot.
Similarities b. Differences 3. Why he will be mythologized in the future. Reference: Presidential Unit Citation – Definition of Presidential Unit Citation by Webster’s online Dictionary, Retrieved October 6, 2004 web.