LANCE CORPORAL EUGENE C. MILLS III
United States Marine Corps
November 19, 1990 - June 22, 2012
Eugene C. Mills III was born in Laurel, Maryland on November 19, 1990 to Theresa and Eugene Mills. He is the big brother of PFC Jacob T. Mills, USMC and nephew, uncle and cousin to many family members. His grandparents, Jeanette & Peter Stea, Sr. as well as Virginia & Henry Ostman, preceded him in death.
Gene loved his country as much as his family and decided when the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001 that he would join the military and its mission to defend our Country against terrorism. At the age of 17, he went to boot camp at Parris Island, SC to become a United States Marine. After graduating boot camp, he went to SOI and Security Forces training and ultimately was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C. His first deployment was with Charlie Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His second and final deployment was with 1/8, Bravo Company where he became a squad leader. On June 22, 2012 during combat operations and with less than one month remaining of their deployment, 1/8 Bravo Co. encountered enemy forces in Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. LCpl Mills was killed by enemy small fire. His final resting place is in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
Gene's decorations include: Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq/Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon.
Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13