Saturday, September 17, 2011

Petty Officer 3rd Class Maurice Miller, United States Navy

Maurice (Buddy) Miller was born December 27, 1968 at West Palm Beach, Florida and passed away September 4, 2011 at his residence in Copperas Cove, Texas at the age of 42.

Buddy proudly served his country in the Seebees of the United States Navy, from which he was retired. His service included a tour of duty in the Iraq war.

On September 12, 2011 a memorial service, with military honors, was held at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen, Texas. Awaiting the family and friends at the cemetery were the Patriot Guard Riders of Central Texas.

Six of the Riders, acting as pall bearers, carried the flag draped coffin from the hearse to the committal shelter. The Riders formed a line of American flags along the front of the shelter, as the minister led the family and friends in final prayers.

The Navy bugler played taps, and the Navy Honor Guard folded the flag that covered the coffin into the traditional triangle and presented it to Buddy's son, Richard, on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Navy and a grateful nation in thanks for his years of dedicated and faithful service.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Maurice Miller was then laid to rest on the sun-drenched plain of the cemetery as the flag flew at half-staff on the hill above.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, a sister, two brothers, his mother and step-father, his father and many other dear family and friends.

With thanks to the Killeen Daily Herald for biographical information.

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