He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, La.
Scott Milley was captain of his high school ice hockey team and a cum laude graduate from college, but since the age of 3, his ultimate goal was to join the US Army.
"He was the most lovable kid I ever coached." Peter Elenbaas, one of Milley's high school hockey coaches, said in an email.
"He combined the toughness of a prize-fighter with the effervescent joy and energy of a teenage boy. Truly, a treasure of this high school."
Milley's father, Steve, said yesterday that the family was devastated. "From the time he was 3 years old, that was his absolute dream, to be an Army mad," Steve Milley said.
"His dream has now become the family nightmare. The family's heart has been broken. Our baby son has gone."
Scott Milley was caught in a fire outside Baraki Barak, his father said. He had been in Afghanistan for only one month.
"He was the happiest, most joyful person without a care in the world," his father said. "His first email home was, 'Boy, this country is beautiful.'"
Dan Doyle, another one of Milley's hockey coaches at Lincoln-Sudbury, talked about Scott while fighting back tears. "Scott was a kid who knew who he was and who he wanted to be. He had great energy and commitment for everything that he chose to do or found important - whether it was school, sports, the military, or being a leader, a brother, or a son."
"His smile and his personal presence were very infectious, and he liked everybody. He was an all-in guy. He enjoyed the whole deal."
"I know he lived his dream. I don't think he would have done it any different."