|Michelle Muller, widow of Private Adam Muller, was escorted out of a memorial service by an unidentified soldier yesterday. (TOBY TALBOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS)|
RICHMOND, Vt. - With poetry, song, and personal remembrances, the family and friends of a US Army private killed in Iraq paid tribute to him yesterday in the same church where he was married less than a year ago.
About 300 mourners packed Richmond Congregational Church to say goodbye to Private Adam Muller, 21, a gunner with the 10th Mountain Division. He died Nov. 5 when a roadside bomb blew up near the vehicle he was traveling in, near Tal Al-Dahab. Three other members of the unit, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., were also killed.
Muller, the 25th service member with Vermont ties to die in Iraq, was a Mount Mansfield Union High School graduate. He sought a career in law enforcement. He was told by the Army two weeks before he shipped out that he would be a gunner. When he signed up in 2006, he was told he would be providing security for top officials, according to a friend.
Posters with photos of him - from childhood through to Army service - were placed in the front of the church, four on each side of the container holding his ashes.