Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Pfc. Errol D.A. Milliard.
Errol D. A. “Elijah” Milliard, PFC
Pfc. Errol D. A. Milliard, 18, of Birmingham, Ala., died July 4 in Farah province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attached his unit with a rocket propelled grenade while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, N.M. Known by most as Elijah, he is a graduate of George Washington Carver High School, Birmingham, Ala., class of 2012. Milliard was a combat engineer and arrived on active duty with the Army in 2012. Before coming to White Sands, he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., graduating with 18 of his peers who arrived at WSMR with him. He deployed to Afghanistan in February 2013. This was his first deployment. His awards and decorations include Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Service, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was the posthumous recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. He was promoted posthumously from PV2 to Private First Class.
Sad Goodbye To Caribbean-American War Hero
He died on America’s birthday and 18-year-old Army Private. Errol D.A. Milliard is being mourned by relatives and friends in Brooklyn and Birmingham, Alabama.
Guyana-born Milliard, 18, of Birmingham, Ala., died July 4 in Farah province, Afghanistan, after his unit enemy forces attacked his patrol with a rocket propelled grenade, reported the U.S. Department of Defense. Assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Millard, who was also by known the nickname as “Elijah,: was on his first tour in Afghanistan.
Millard, was posthumously promoted him to private first class and awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a Good Conduct Medal.
He lived in Alabama, but he grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Birmingham to finish high school, said a spokesman for City Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), who released a statement about the private’s recent burial at Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island on July 15. The funeral was held at Clarendon Road Church.
“My prayers for peace and comfort go to the family and friends of PFC Errol (Elijah) Milliard, as well as to his fellow soldiers that are surviving him” read Willliams’ statement. “While the pain of burying a child is one no parent should ever bear, I hope that Zuwena and Evan have pride in how Elijah chose to pursue service of the highest level, and that his community will never forget this young man who gave his life for our country with honor and distinction.
“Elijah, as he was called by those close to him, was an outstanding young man who displayed diligence, perseverance and charisma in the classroom and on the battlefield. Like many men and women before him, he saw the military as an opportunity to develop as a leader, with the ultimate goal of enrolling in college.”
“As a child of Grenadian parentage, I am keenly aware of the proud history of service and sacrifice by Caribbean-Americans in our nation, a history to which Elijah belongs. Every day, young immigrants are volunteering to serve in our nation’s military and putting their lives on the line. We must do all we can to support them and their families, especially in their hour of need,” said Williams, who noted Millard’s parents are from Guyana and Jamaica.