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Birmingham soldier's body returns to American soil; family directs donation requests

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The body of a Birmingham soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to American soil, Saturday. The casket was flown into Dover Air Force Base. Eight members of Pvt. Errol "Elijah" Milliard were present for the homecoming.

Birmingham native, PFC Errol D.A. Millard died this past week, on July 4 in Farah province, Afghanistan.  Injuries Millard sustained left him dead, after a rocket propelled grenade was fired at his unit by enemy forces while on dismounted patrol.

Known as Elijah, Millard is a 2012 graduate of George Washington Carver High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Millard arrived on active duty as a combat engineer in 2012. Before being assigned to White Sands Missile Range, he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood , Missouri where he graduated with 18 of his peers.

His first deployment was to Afghanistan in February 2013. His awards include Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal and the Overseas Ribbon.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct award and Purple Heart Medal.

Millard was also promoted from PV2 to Private First Class.

Family members are requesting any donations in Pvt. Milliard's name be sent to his adoptive uncle's church. The church is Family Worship Center in Birmingham, Al. Please send donations in care of Dr. Stephen Manyama, Sr. Pastor.

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