BOSTON (CBS) — A soldier from Sudbury has been killed during a firefight in Afghanistan.
23-year-old First Lieutenant Scott Milley was assigned to the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
He was killed Tuesday morning.
His father, Steven Milley, tells WBZ his son was on a patrol and took small arms fire.
WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports.
The elder Milley fought back tears as he talked about his son in front of their Sudbury home. He said his son’s dream was always to be a soldier and serve his country.
“From three years of age he wanted to be an Army man,” said Mr. Milley. “That was his dream, and that has now become out nightmare. There is nothing that can prepare you and nothing that can take the pain in this family’s heart.”
Lieutenant Milley was pronounced dead on the battlefield. “They came under small arms fire where he hit and pronounced dead,” Steve Milley said. Although they’ve talked about the dangers involved in serving he never thought this day would come.
Scott Milley was a 2005 graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School where he was captain of the hockey team.
His father tells WBZ his son went on to the University of New Hampshire where he was a member of the university’s ROTC program. He graduated cum laude, while earning a degree in psychology.
Mr. Milley says his son was a “true leader.”
Flags all over Sudbury were at half staff Wednesday for a soldier who wanted no praise or recognition for a job well done.
“He didn’t want any praise from anyone. He was truly selfless and loved his country,” his father said. He also said Scott was also a young man with a deep faith in God.
“He was baptized the day of his ranger graduation. I feel absolute pride in what he has accomplished. His life is unbelievable,” his father said.
First Lieutenant Scott Milley had been in Afghanistan for only a month. Milley has an older brother, Steven, and an older sister, Ashley.
Scott Willey is the first Sudbury resident to be killed in Afghanistan.
WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton contributed to this report.