BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- A soldier from Birmingham died in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade by enemy force. He has been identified as 18-year-old Pfc. Errol Duran Aster Milliard, assigned to the 595th Sapper Company, 2nd Engineer Battalion. He died on Independence Day in the city of Shewan, Farah Province, Afghanistan during his assignment to Operation Enduring Freedom.
Milliard was assigned to active duty in the Army in 2012 where he worked as a combat engineer. He was deployed in February 2013. He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and Good Conduct Medal. We are told that this was his first deployment.
Milliard graduated from Carver High School in Birmingham in 2012. He is survived by his grandmother.
A local memorial is being planned in honor of Pfc. Milliard and more information will be released once it has been coordinated.