I composed this song in Germany during the winter of 2005 after learning that one of my closest friends had been killed in Ramadi, Iraq. He was 21 years old.
ERIE, Michigan — Soldier and Young Husband Deployed Overseas in September was killed in Iraq.
Family members of Pfc. Dennis Miller Jr., 21, were notified of the death Thursday morning. “He just felt honored he could serve our country, especially during war,” his wife of 13 months, Kimberly, told The Monroe Evening News.
Miller was a 2001 graduate of Mason High School and studied history at Monroe Community College. His mother said her son loved hunting with his father and uncles. “He was a great kid,” Kathy Miller said. “He never was in any trouble.”
Miller was the 33rd member of the military from Michigan to die in Iraq.
He graduated from basic training and completed M1 Abrams tank training in September, 2003 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was stationed in Korea. He was home on leave for two weeks in June and reported to Iraq on Sept. 8.
Laura Imhoff, owner of Capt. Harry’s Storehouse Pizza in LaSalle, said Miller had worked for about a year at her business. “He was a wonderful, wonderful kid,” she said. “You couldn’t ask for anyone better. He’d do anything for anyone."
When I was a boy my momma used to say
Don't you the ever let them see you run away
I tried to obey the words she said that day
But now I'm running and I just can't get away
My father drifted away my mother's dead and gone
My sister died of shame my brother never came home
I've been running so long I just can't run no more
Lord I've been running since the day that I was born.
I know that thieves can steal I know that liars can lie
I guess that I'll be a fool until the day I die
I've seen more hard times than I would care to count
I know that nobody knows you when you're down and out
Lord I never thought that I would live this long
And I never thought that I would be this strong
I hear the voice of an angel singing my last song
Lord I never thought that I would live this longhttps://youtu.be/KMzRfXNXAxA