My sister left a note earlier. I just wanted to say thank you as well. It is wonderful to know our baby brother, LCPL Joseph “Ryan” Giese, and all the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us are not forgotten.
Ryan was the youngest in our family, and the only boy. He was also the favorite. 🙂 Ryan’s nickname was Goose because his last name is pronounced Geese- ee. He was only 24 when he was killed. He stepped on an IED January 7, 2011 while out on foot patrol in Sangin. It was about 3 weeks shy of the end of his tour. It was also about a month shy of his first wedding anniversary. They did not have any children. However, Ryan loved kids. He doted on his nephew, Carson, but didn’t make it home to meet his two new nieces that were born while he was deployed. Fortunately, he did get to see pictures of the girls and know that I named my daughter, Emery Ryan, after him. Ryan was also a Christian. He priorities fit well into the Corp – God, Country, Family. His pocket bible was one of the few items that survived the blast and was returned to us. I am comforted by the fact Ryan is with his lord and savior, and I will see him again one day. I just have to live with a hole in my heart until that day comes.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you about Ryan. I attacked a video my husband made for me when Ryan was killed.
What a powerful tribute you are doing. I hope to meet you and say thank you in person one day.
I am the mother of Spc. Harley D R Miller DOD 11/27/2004 Afghanistan. I thank you for remembering our fallen. God bless, Christine
I hold you on a pedestal my friend. I have the highest respect for you and what you are doing. So many men and women in our military do not ever experience the respect and honor they deserve. I would gladly help you in your quest, let me know if I can help in any way
I am the mother of SSG John A. Reiners… he was KIA on 2-13-10. My son , My soldier, My HERO. He was 24 yeqrs old. He loved life & having fun with friends & playing pranks on his closest friends. As a child he participated in a variety of both community & school activites( such as Boy Scouts, Young Astronauts Club, Police Explorer, Band, JROTC & more). He excelled in all he done. He later joined the Army after graduating from high school, then got married to Casey. Later on having his only son, Lex. John received the Bronze Star, 2- Purple Hearts & several other awards but the one he was most proud of was being a Ranger. He leaves behind 2 – sister, 2-brothers, one son & wife . He was on the fast track & planned to make the Army his career. To those that knew my son he truely was a small town Hero. It is an HONOR to be his mom & I am so PROUD of my son. With every tear I cry my heart shines with pride. God Bless you My Son, My soldier, My Hero. Love Mom
Thank you for what you are doing, I wish I could have made it down to find the 25 fallen from Darkhorse 3/5 during their deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan. I am blessed each day as my son made it back, I pray every day for the families of the fallen and will always remember their sacrifice. We will never forget! God Bless You Ron, Semper Fi.
Thank you. That’s all. Just thank you. …so very much.
My brother Major W. David Gray was KIA on 8/8/2012 in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. He is best known for his motivational quote “Finish Strong”. So this is what I give to you. No matter how you start, just FINISH STRONG!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I was writing his name as Walter. Did he go by David? If so, I will start writing it as David. Thank you so much for sharing his quote. I will remember that as I write his name and live
Thank you for your service, and thank you for remembering and honoring the fallen hero’s like this. when I seen the story about you on the news today I was moved and had to put you on my page. and share with everyone your special gift. I hope one day you will make it near Fort Myers Florida I would love to see you in action. may God bless you and watch out over you 😉
Amazing story. Thank you for remembering those who keep our country safe. God bless
Where can a schedule be found of the cities you will visit? Want so much to come and pay my respects and give honor to our fallen heroes. Thank you so much for this incredible undertaking.
I would like to know if my grandson’s name is on your wall? He is
Lance Corporal Kelly (E.C.) Watters died June 11,2008.
He was injured in the Al Anbar Province on May 23, when an IED went off. He was evacuated to Bethesda Naval Hospital in MD, where he died June 11,2008 with family by his side.
Pfc. Anthony T Justesen us army kia 23 jun 10. a fellow friend and scout from the 82nd who had less than a month to go before heading home. I still recall the sight of our fob lined up on the dirt runway as we Carried him for his flight home. Is there any way I can get a picture of this young trooper name that every one called “Jesus” on one of your walls, if he is there?
Ron! Hi, my name is Cody Stark, I host a TV show in California called, “Goodday Sacramento” eevery weekend we do a Skype or FaceTime interview with someone who piques our interest and we think your memory project is brilliant. What a cool thing you are doing. Any chance we could talk to you about it and tell my viewers how they can help as well this Saturday 7:40am pacific time (if this weekend doesn’t work, we have a few openings the following weekend at 7:40am as well) we stream our show live at http://www.gooddaysacramento.com and we will also put the segment up there as well so you can link it to your social media sites. Zap me back at [email protected] and I will get you details. Keep up the good work -cody
Ron, this touched my to my very core. While I did not know him well, the death of SSG Shane Koele KIA March 15th, Shindand Afghanistan shaped my life. This time every year I remember him and it is still so near and dear to my heart. Several of my very close brothers were in the vehicle when it hit a land mine that killed him. My husband at the time was only about 100 yards away. I was in Kabul on a PSD team when it all happened and that was single handed the worst day of my life. THANK YOU for not forgetting them! The last memory I have of Shane was when we were getting ready to deploy and he had his baby daughter there showing her off to everyone. Kiley will never get to know the extent of the impact that her father had on so many peoples lives as a leader, friend and a battle buddy.
Love that you are doing this. Would love to see you why you are writing the names. I knew Christopher Stark.He was a loving caring man that was from a small town in. Mo. He was in the EOD and loved it! He left a mother and Brother and tons of friends that will never forget him.
. Thank you for doing this your a wonderful man.
Ron, I wanted to share these photos with you from Fort Worth in Burnett Plaza. If you’d like them on a CD, please email me your address and I will mail one. Please pardon me for not introducing myself; I could tell you had a lot of interruptions that Thursday.
Hi, My name is Yelena Milan
I attended SDMS conference in Atlanta, where you had a lecture, it was amaising
I just want to say that you are not forgotten 🙂
I’m an Air Operations Chief in the Marine Corps. Served aboard the USS Enterprise during the Cuban Missile Crises in 1962, Vietnam in 1967-68 and Casualty Officer during Iraqi Freedom.
Congratulations for a job well done, keep up the good work honoring our heroes.
My son, Spc. Stephan L. Mace, was KIA at COP Keating Afghanistan on 10/3/09. Stephan (pronounced Stefen) and 7 other heroes (Vernon Martin, Christopher Griffin, Justin Gallegos, Joshua Hardt, Joshua Kirk, Michael Scusa and Kevin Tomson) were killed when their small outpost of 53 soldiers was attacked by 400 Taliban. It was the bloodiest battle during Operation Enduring Freedom. I just saw this story posted on Facebook. I am so overwhelmed with emotion right now. Thank you so much and may God Bless during this journey. Keep us all up to date. I live outside D.C. Please let me know if you make it to the East Cost. You are an amazing young man and I am so glad that you are bringing attention to those who have given their lives in service.
Gold Star Mother
Spc. Stephan L. Mace
KIA 10/3/09 COP Keating Afghanistan
*my apologies Kevin Thomson
In the 10 years my husband has been in, he’s served with many who never came home. On July 8, 2008, my husband’s 28th birthday, he lost his friend Sgt Douglas Bull. They were 3 weeks into their deployment. We didn’t know Doug very long but he has forever had an impact on our family. Every year my husband celebrates another birthday we also remember Doug and the sacrifices he made. Thank you for doing this. To so many, 2200 names are just names. Everyone is just a number. To you, me, my husband and so many other families, every one of those names is attached to a person who will never be forgotten. They are missed daily and seeing their names reminds everyone of the sacrifices that our military continue to make. God Bless you on your journey. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for remembering the voices that have been silenced.
My son, Spc. Ryan Wilcox, initially deployed to Iraq in 2007 and was re-deployed to Afghanistan in March, 2012. He was transported back to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in June, as a result of complications from a wound he suffered in Iraq in 2008. While at Walter Reed, in October, 2012, he learned that three of his battle buddies were killed in action in Afgahanistan and one severely wounded soldier from his unit was transported to Walter Reed, where he has been able to visit with him. I know you have plans of traveling to other parts of the country to write your memory wall and I would ask you to seriously consider coming to Oswego, New York, the home of the 444th Combat Engineer company, as well as Ft. Ontario, of WWII history. Our town has shown that patriotism abounds in the Port City when other fallen heroes have come home to be laid to rest. If there is anything that we can do in advance or to help in this endeavor, please let me know. My son is undergoing his third surgery tomorrow and I would love an opportunity to meet you and watch you pay tribute to our fallen. Hooah!
Thank you for remembering these men and women. I remember the names and ranks of all 18 we lost on deployment, 4 of which were good friends. SSG Frank Adamski, SPC Dustin Feldhaus, SPC Jameson Lindskog and PFC Jeremy Faulkner. You are gone but you are not forgotten, my friends.
Thank you so much for what you’re doing to keep the memory of our heroes alive! As a mother, I strive daily to ensure that my son, SRA Benjamin White’s service and sacrifice is not forgotten. Ben was a PJ (Pararescueman)KIA 9 June 2010 during a rescue to save a wounded British Marine.
I would like to be contacted if you come anywhere near the east Tennessee area (Nashville, Atlanta, etc.)
God bless you for your efforts remembering our fallen heroes! “That Others May Live”
Your parents must be VERY proud of you. My son has been in the Marines since 1998 – deployed 5 times to both Iraq & Afghanistan (missing the birth of his son during one tour). Praise God he has returned unharmed thus far (will probably be deployed at least one more time). He recently was promoted to 1st Sgt at the young age of 34. Needless to say he’s a “lifer”. Every day I pray that this war ends and no other lives of our proud men and women are lost. Thank you for your service and for this monumental mission you are undertaking. God Bless you!!
I am the Mother of SGT Adam James Ray. Adam was an amazing Son and loved serving his Country. He was fierce and brave yet gentle and loving to all he met. Adam was KIA 2-9-10 in Southern Afghanistan at the Helmond region by an IED. Even in his last moments he was thinking of the other’s welfare. Thank you for your service and courage. I am encouraged in my grief by your generous gift of your talent to honor the Fallen. God Bless You Ron White!
You are Incredible!! thank you for what you do for our people! Would you consider running for government office? I think we all really need people like you! God Bless u and family! Thank u again!!!
Wonderful way to spend time in honoring our people. Now, Can you get the Veteran’s Administration moving so that these people can get benefits as soon as they come home. It should be in place before they touch down in the US. It is a disgrace the way we treat our heros. Thanks for caring. Candace
You are doing a wonderful thing. Keep up the good work.
Ron, Thank you very much for what you are doing. I an infantry Marine currently in Yuma training with 1/6. My name is Tyler Van Effen. I have been with 1/6 for going on 5 years now and my first deployment was the push to take Marjah. We lost our Platoon Commander Capt. Brandon (bull) Barrett during this time, while setting up defenses for one of our sections an enemy fighter rounded the corner of a building roughly 50 meters away and opened fire… the round impacted in his chest and bounced around inside his torso and he died almost instantly. He was always much more then our Platton commader though. He was a mentor, a friend and to many of us a father figure. The man was a machine, could out PT any of us when it came to running and without a doubt one of the best officers, marines and men I have ever known. Very down to earth and relaxed, Always willing to listen and help in anyway he could. you can imagine I’m sure the feeling of pain and loss that day for us all. You asked on the news recently to give a description of a fallen commrade and this is mine. I suppose what I would want you to take away from this would be that Capt. Barret was a true leader and Man-O-wars man as the late, great Roy Boehm would say. a true inspiration to the men he commanded and any around him not only in a military sense but on a very personal level also. thank you for your time and I hope this helps and fulfills your request. Also if you could consider making a trip to Camp Lejuene I can speak for us all there when I say we would greatly appreciate it and I’m sure The wall would become a permenant fixture if you would allow that.
Ron, I would like to thank you for what you did. I lost my son SGT Daniel Gurr in Afganistan on Aug.5th, 2011. He died shortly after he turned 21. He was a force recon marine. The biggest fear for the families that are left behind is that their loved ones will be forgotten. Our freedom comes with a price and people need to know that. This project you did reminds everyone of that. Daniel was my oldest son and he was proud to serve his country. He went to bootcamp 3 days after high school graduation.He grew up in a small town and his loss brought this small community together and opened everyones awareness to the war. It’s not just something on tv. Everyone on that wall needs to be remembered and thank you for doing that. You will never know what that truley means to the families.
God bless you, Sir, for doing this. It will assure that none of our brave American military members who gave their lives in service to our country will be forgotten, as well as bringing some comfort to their family and friends. I am lucky enough to work for the union which represents the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department and we have, sadly, lost two of our brave officers in this war — Robert “RJ” Cottle and Joshua Cullins. We remember them every day, but it’s so nice to see that they will be remembered by every American who loves this country and appreciates the service of the brave men and women of our armed forces who continue the traditions of the our proud country. May God bless you and keep you safe and may He continue to bless and protect America.
Ron, thank you for joining the many Americans who remember with gratitude and honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Since 2003 the citizens of Southern California have been honoring all of the heroes from Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn through the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial. The name of every American service member lost in those conflicts is engraved in granite and is celebrated in Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. Names of the recently fallen are added four times per year. Then those names are read aloud by fellow Americans and a candle is lit for each hero during our next ceremony.
Families who have lost a loved one, and friends of the fallen may request free name rubbings through the GoldStar page of the web site http://www.NorthwoodMemorial.com.
Ron, we would be honored to have you visit the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial if your travels bring you to Southern California.
God Bless All Our Fallen (and Wounded) Heroes. We will never forget their sacrifice and that of their families.
First I would like to say Thank you for your service to our country. I have the upmost respect for all of our soldiers. My husband was in the Air Force for 9 years active and 6 reserve. But the one I’m writing about is my cousin who is on your wall. His name is Sgt Joshua Powell killed on June 4th , 2011. He was just a good ole country boy who liked to fish and hunt but most of all he LOVED his job in the Army and he was proud to serve his country. I’m sad that I did not know about this being in our area before now but I did have one of his fellow soldiers send me a picture of it when you where in San Antonio, Tx. Thank you for doing this, you have no idea what it means to the families with loved ones on the wall to know they are not forgotten and being honored everyday. God Bless you!
Thank you for honoring our fallen heroes from Operation Enduring Freedom. My son, Dale Kridlo, was KIA on 7November2010 in Kunnar Province,Afghanistan. He was a forward dismount on a route clearance mission with less than 1 month left on his deployment when he was killed. Again, thank you for the respect that you have shown toward all these brave men and women.
thank you Ron.
KIA.Chief Warrant Officer Travis Grogan. Travis was my roommate in Warrant Officer Candidate Course in 2000. Before reclassifying into the US Army, Travis was a US Navy Water Rescue Swimmer out of Norfolk. We didn’t have time in that month together to share family and personal stories but we had a bond as every warrior does and he will always be remembered by me. He was a 58D Helicopter Pilot. In WOCC school he wanted to be a H-60 Blackhawk pilot.
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