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Old 09-16-2006, 07:13 AM
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L/Cpl Ryan A. Miller USMC, 19, Pearland, TX (Iraq)

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Cpl. Ryan A. Miller, 19, of Pearland, Texas, died Sept. 14 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Media with questions about this Marine can call the Kaneohe Bay public affairs office at (808) 257-8870.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:10 PM
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Texas Marine Killed In Action
Marine, Future Police Officer Dies

POSTED: 10:52 am CDT September 16, 2006
UPDATED: 11:00 am CDT September 16, 2006

HOUSTON, Texas -- After his military career was over, Lance Corporal Ryan Adam Miller planned to add to the combined 60 years of service his parents gave to the Houston Police Department.

But the third generation Marine didn't make it to his 20th birthday.

The 19-year-old of suburban Pearland was killed Thursday in action in Iraq, just a few weeks from the end of a tour that started in March. The Defense Department said that Miller died in combat against enemy forces in Al Anbar province.

His parents, Jeannine Maughmer-Miller and Frank Miller, both retired after long careers with Houston police. Frank Miller worked in narcotics for more than 34 years, and Maughmer-Miller was a juvenile investigator for 25 years.

Assistant Police Chief Vicki King, acting as a spokeswoman for the family, says that Ryan would have made a fine police officer.

Miller attended Pearland High School but finished his secondary education as a home-schooled student so he could enlist when he turned 18. He was barely a year removed from his Marine Corps graduation when he died.

Miller was assigned to Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, Third Marine Expeditionary Force in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Funeral arrangements are pending.
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Old 09-16-2006, 09:15 PM
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Fallen Marine 'would have made a fine police officer'
Pearland teen wanted to follow in parents' path as an HPD officer

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

A third generation Marine, Ryan Adam Miller planned to join the Houston Police Department after serving his country and follow in the footsteps of his parents.

But just a few weeks shy of the completion of his tour in Iraq, the 19-year-old from Pearland was killed in action near Bawana, Iraq.

"He followed his dad into the Marines, and planned to wear his mother's badge when he joined the police department," said a longtime friend and neighbor, Katie King.

Miller's parents, Jeannine Maughmer-Miller and Frank Miller, who are retired from the department, learned Thursday of his death, the news delivered by three Marines.

The Millers could not be reached for comment. Assistant Police Chief Vicki King, acting as a spokesman for the family, said, "Ryan would have made a fine police officer."

"Ryan may have seemed to be a regular kid when he played baseball and attended school in Pearland. But he was no ordinary kid and this is no ordinary family," said Vicki King, Katie's mother. "These two dedicated parents pledged their lives to fight the crime that threatens our city. Their son pledged his life to our country."

Miller attended Pearland High School, but finished secondary school as a homeschooler so that he could enlist shortly after his 18th birthday.

King has known Miller since he was a child. The two families often vacationed together and shared many close moments.

"One thing I will never forget about Ryan is that he is the only person I know who would go to a Mexican restaurant and order a hamburger plain with only ketchup," King said.

Her daughter will miss him at her November wedding.

"He was like a little brother to me," said Katie King, 22, who is an only child. "When we were about 10, he kicked me in the face when he was wearing cleats. I never let him live that down."

Ryan Miller was the youngest of his siblings, survived by an older brother, Brandon, 31, and a sister, Meghan, 22.

Meghan will serve as a bridesmaid at the wedding. Both families were hoping the Marine would be able to attend the ceremony.

"He was supposed to be home in a few weeks," said Katie King, adding that Ryan, who was deployed to Iraq in March, had not yet decided whether he would re-enlist. Being considered for police work was still a few years away.

Maughmer-Miller was a juvenile investigator for 25 years, and her husband worked in narcotics for more than 34 years. Vicki King said both had considered returning, he as an instructor and she as a returning retired officer.

When Maughmer-Miller was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago, Vicki King said, the two youngest Miller children stayed with her family.

"I have a little girl, so little boys were kind of a mystery. After a few days I noticed that Ryan was starting to smell. When I asked him when the last time he had showered he just shrugged," said King, who attended Miller's Marine Corps graduation in May 2005. "He grew up into such an outstanding person."

Miller, who was known for his love of junk food especially Skittles was a member of Fellowship Bible Church in Pearland and an avid Astros fan.

"He really was a great guy," said Katie King. "He really would do anything to help someone."

The details of his death are unclear. Funeral arrangements are pending.

King has begun making her plans for the final salute to the young Marine.

"I am going to Sam's to buy a 3-pound bag of Skittles to bury with him," she said.

The family asks that remembrances be given to the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial assistance to wounded Marines and their families.

"That's what Ryan would want," Vicki King said, "to keep helping others."
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:22 PM
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Lance Corporal Ryan A. Miller, born October 9, 1986 in Houston, TX, received the greatest homecoming of all when he went to be with the Lord September 14, 2006. Ryan was patrolling the sandy streets of Barwanah, Iraq one second and looking into Jesus Christ's face the next. Ryan was a third generation Marine joining the Corp February 14, 2005. He will be escorted home by his cousins, United States Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Jeramy Smith and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Christopher Fitzgerald. Ryan is survived by his very proud parents, Frank C. and Jeannine Maughmer Miller, Pearland; sister, Meghan Miller, College Station; brother Brandon Miller and wife Leasha, nieces Lydia and Shelby, Round Rock; grandmother, Betty Maughmer, Pearland; aunts and uncles Lyn Swan, Houston; Joan and Raymond Goodnight, Houston; Michelle and Dexter McKey, Willis; Denise Daniels, San Antonio; Cheryl and Lynn Maughmer, League City; numerous cousins and extended family and friends. Pallbearers will be The United States Marine Corps Honor Guard and Chad Buckmaster, Dennis Maxwell, Cordy Raney, Joey Tapp, Eric Thomson, Jason Touchstone, Sammy Sahagian, Shane Scarmardo and Josh Waldrop. Honorary Pallbearers are the remainder of Ryan's friends. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm-8:00pm Friday, September 22nd, at Fellowship Bible Church, 1720 E. Broadway in Pearland. The Celebration of Ryan's life will be at 10:00am Saturday, September 23rd, at First Baptist Church of Pearland, 3005 Pearland Pkwy, in Pearland. Interment will follow at Southpark Cemetery, 1310 N. Main, Pearland. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Semper Fi Fund for injured Marines at 825 College Blvd, Ste 102, Oceanside, CA, 92057,, or to the Homeschool Christian Youth Association Baseball Program "Ryan Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund" at 707 Thornwood, Friendswood, TX 77546,
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