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04/30/04

Local Soldier Becomes Part Of History

Over the past year, Specialist James Miller of the Bravo 3rd battalion 158th aviation, has helped transport at least 50 war prisoners in a Black Hawk helicopter.

But it was one trip he made in December of last year he'll never forget.

That's because the prisoner was none other than former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

"I didn't know who it was until we landed. And still it's been up and down whether it's true or not but my high command told me I did it so I assume I did it. And there was a lot of people on that plane," said Miller.

Specialist Miller is not allowed to elaborate with any more details on that fateful trip, but what he will say...

"It was gratifying, gratifying," said Miller.

While serving in Iraq, Miller, who is a man of few words, says he saw some good things and some bad things.

"War. I've been shot at a dozen times probably. It's pretty scary.I'll always remember the mortar attacks," said Miller.

He also remembers living with forty of his friends in one tent for an entire year.

Needless to say, he is happy to be home with his family, and his family is thrilled to have him - their own American hero.

"We're so proud of him. Everybody is. I mean, like I said, a career in the military myself and never went through anything he told us about and I'm sure there's other things that he can't tell us even still. Just hearing some of the stories he's told...we're just so, so proud of him," said stepfather Mark Johnson.

Miller now lives in Germany and will only be here with his fiancee for a few more weeks.

But in case you are wondering what his next move will be, like many other heroes, he is heading for Disney World with his family.

By Karla Redditte

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