SILVERWOOD, MI, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, B CO, 1ST BN, 24TH MAR, (RCT-5, I MEF FWD), 4TH MAR DIV, SAGINAW, MI FALLUJAH, IRAQ 12/28/2006
No one in Nicholas A. Miller’s family had spoken to him since he left for Iraq, but he sent e-mails regularly. One message resonated deeply back home.
In an e-mail to his grandmother, he said being over there reminds him of just how important family is, said Miller’s uncle, Ron Pincumbe. He said, ‘I love you and miss you all.’
Miller, 20, of Silverwood, Mich., was killed Dec. 28th during a firefight in Anbar province. He was assigned to Lansing, Michigan.
Pincumbe said Miller was a shy, quiet kid who could not be dissuaded from signing up for the Marines. Miller went into basic training shortly after graduating from high school in 2005.
He was just trying to find his place in life, he said. He was bound and determined to join the Marines. He was proud and happy. We’re proud, too.
He had been in Iraq about four months when he died. Miller loved to play paintball, hunt deer and ride all-terrain vehicles. Pincumbe said Miller’s proudest moment was when he shot a deer while hunting with his grandfather in 2001.
Miller also is survived by his mother, Connie Pincumbe, and adoptive father, Mark Miller.