Washington (AP) - With the war in
The parents of Staff Sgt. Robert Miller were scheduled to accept the nation's highest award for valor in an East Room ceremony.
The 24-year-old Miller, a native of
Comrades who survived the battle say Miller continued advancing, firing and hurling grenades, even after he was wounded twice in the chest, pinning down enemy troops as he sought to rescue the others.
"He displayed immeasurable courage and uncommon valor -- eventually sacrificing his own life to save the lives of his teammates," a White House statement said.
Miller is the third
Thursday is the ninth anniversary of the bombardment that began the post-9/11
In August, the troop surge Obama ordered last December to reverse Taliban gains reached its peak. Currently,
While vowing not to let
Associated Press writer Sagar Meghani contributed to this report.