A Dover-based airman deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar died on April 19 in a non-combat related incident, defense officials announced on Monday.
Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, 24, was supporting U.S. operations in Afghanistan while assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at the time of his death, according to the Pentagon.
No information about the circumstances surrounding his death were immediately available. The incident is under investigation.
Miller, of Richmond, New Hampshire, had served as a C-17 Globemaster III crew chief at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, for more than four years, said Col. Joel Safranek, commander of the 436th Airlift Wing.
"The 436th Airlift Wing extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Miller family, friends and fellow airmen. Staff Sergeant Albert Miller's passing is a true loss for Dover Air Force Base and the Air Force," Safranek, said in a statement.
"He was a positive force in his unit and made valuable contributions to multiple contingency and humanitarian operations around the world. He will be missed by all."
A U.S. Air Force carry team transfers the remains of Staff Sgt. Albert J. Miller, of Richmond, New Hamphire, April 21, 2019, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Miller was assigned to the 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Dover AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino)
NEWPORT — The explosion and sinking of the ship in 1943 claimed at least 1,138 lives, and while the sea swallowed the bones there were people, too, who also worked to shroud the bodies.
The sinking of the H.M.T. Rohna was the greatest loss of life at sea by enemy action in the history of U.S. war, but the British Admiralty demanded silence from the survivors and the tragedy was immediately classified by the U.S. War Department.
Michael Walsh of Newport is working to bring the story of the Rohna to the surface with a documentary film, which includes interviews with some of the survivors of the attack. Walsh has interviewed about 45 men who were aboard the ship when it was hit.
Editor's note: this story originally appeared in 2018
How you die matters. Ten years ago, on Memorial Day, I was in Fallujah, serving a year-long tour on the staff and conducting vehicle patrols between Abu Ghraib and Ramadi. That day I attended a memorial service in the field. It was just one of many held that year in Iraq, and one of the countless I witnessed over my 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Like many military veterans, Memorial Day is not abstract to me. It is personal; a moment when we remember our friends. A day, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “sacred to memories of love and grief and heroic youth."