Saturday, February 3, 2007, got off to a cold start. The warm hearts of hundreds of bikers from all over the southeast brought a warm and comforting feeling to the family of PFC Johnathon Miles Millican. Some 300 bikers led by the Patriot Guard Riders braved the cold temperature to show their respect to the fallen soldier. PFC Millican was laid to rest with full honors and a 21-gun salute.
PFC Millican was serving in Karbala, Iraq and a member of the Army Airborne Artillery Brigade and was killed when his patrol was ambushed on January 20, 2007. PFC Millican was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, and had only been in Iraq for three months at the time of his death.
PFC Millican was a native of Locust Fork (County Line), Alabama. He had already enlisted in the service before his graduation in May 2005, from Locust Fork High School and he joined in August 2005. He then married his wife Shannon in December 2005. He was well known for always being very involved in his school and other activities.
PFC Millican was only 20 years old when he was killed, but he died defending our country and our freedom, and he died a hero. Defending freedom is what he chose to do, and we thank him for his service. When you see a soldier, go up to them and say thanks for what you do. After all, it’s your freedom he or she is fighting for.
PFC Millican has a message on his MySpace that says “You don’t have to love the war but you have to love the warrior.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the soldiers who are fighting for our freedom.
God Bless America and our troops!
Article & Photos By: Fuzzy Turner
PFC JOHNATHON MILES MILLICAN, age 20, of County Line, Alabama, died January 20, 2007. Johnathon was currently enlisted in the United States Army for the past 17 months, and was of Baptist faith. Survived by his wife, Shannon Millican; parents, Mitchell and Angie Millican and Mary and Ronald Lykins; in-laws, Greg and Paula Hogeland; sisters, Amber'le Millican, Ashley Millican, and Amanda Lykins; brother-in-law, Steve Martin; sisters-in-law, Amber Helton and Kristen Cleveland; grandparents, Eloise Bunn and Faye McGinnis; niece, Destiny Martin; and nephew, Malachi Martin.