Unit: HHT, 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment
Duty station: Vilseck, Germany
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Afghanistan NATO Medal
Deployments: 1 in Iraq, 1 in Afghanistan
Date of birth: 25 May 1981
Hometown: Trotwood, Ohio
High School: Trotwood-Madison High School
Children: Luciano Russo (son)
Died: 19 March 2011
Age at death: 29
Cause of death: Killed in action – Small Arms Fire
Location of fatality: Kandahar, Afghanistan
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Place of interment: Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio
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Notes: Mickler was killed in the spray of bullets, along with PFC Rudy Acosta. Four other soldiers were wounded. Other U.S. soldiers returned fire and killed the Afghanistan gunman.