BOSTON – A museum display was dedicated to the memory of a military policeman at
the Veterans Association of the First Corps of Cadets Museum in Boston on Oct. 25, 2009.
The display is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Scott A. Miller, 972nd Military Police Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard, who was forced to return from not one but two overseas deployments to battle cancer.
The exhibit portrays a Soldier wearing a post-colonial uniform passing the organization's colors to a fellow Soldier dressed in the contemporary Army Combat Uniform. The uniform is the one that Miller wore during his military service in Iraq and was donated by his family. Sadly, Miller lost his battle with cancer on Oct. 13, 2008.
The first time Miller was forced to return to the United States because of his illness was during the 972nd Military Police Company's 2002-2003 deployment to Pakistan and Uzbekistan. After being treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for brain cancer, Miller returned to duty and later deployed to Iraq in 2007 with his unit.
While serving in Iraq Miller became ill and was once again sent to Walter Reed where he was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer. Miller joked that Walter Reed was becoming the venue for his welcome home ceremony.
Miller eventually returned to Massachusetts and was treated at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Throughout the entire ordeal his wife Alex was his rock. She cared and provided for him with great compassion while she was dealing with the reality that she probably didn’t have much time left with her husband. Miller had only been married to Alex for one month before he deployed to Iraq.
Miller’s story highlights the loyalty and dedication that it takes to be a military policeman during the “Global War on Terror.” To honor these traits, the 211th Military Police Battalion’s Commander, Lt. Col. Richard Johnson, directed his staff to create an award that would be given annually at the military police ball to a Soldier from the battalion who truly lives the Warrior Ethos in all aspects of his or her life. Leaders from the battalion quickly decided to make Miller the first recipient of the award and to name it the “Sgt. Scott A. Miller Warrior Ethos Award” in his honor.
Several members of his unit attended the museum dedication to honor Miller. One of them was Maj. Bryan K. Pillai, commander of the 972nd Military Police during their 2007 deployment to Iraq. When Pillai recalled his personal memories of Miller, he said, "Scott and I used to sit down for lunch from time to time in our unit's dining facility overseas. We had lengthy conversations about everything from military history and company policies to Army strategy. There's no doubt in my mind that I got more out of those talks than he did. It was an honor to serve with him in combat," he said.
The Soldiers from the 211th will remember Miller at their annual ball; additionally, the museum display highlights the service of Soldiers like him dating back to the Continental Army.
After the Civil War veterans of the the First Corps of Cadets, ICC, started a museum to store the collection of uniforms, artifacts and papers gathered by members of the ICC since its inception. The Veterans’ Association of the First Corps of Cadets was founded in 1876. They met in several locations until the ICC Armory was built during the presidency of Colonel Edmands with private funds. The Armory serves as the headquarters of the VAICC and the headquarters and armory for the Active Corps. The 211th Military Police Battalion is affiliated with the VAICC to preserve and promote the history of oldest volunteer militia.