Thursday, January 25, 2007

PFC Ryan J Hill ~ Farewell, and Walk with God

PFC Ryan J Hill
Age 20 - Died January 20, 2007
Baghdad, Iraq

Photos from Ryan's My Space Page.

The bottom one is titled "this is what i see when im workin"

PFC Ryan J Hill died January 20, 2007 in an IEC explosion in Baghdad, Iraq. Hill served with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Schweinfurt, Germany.

PFC Ryan was from Keizer, Oregon. He graduated from McNary High School in 2003. He was raised by his mother, Shawna, and has a sister.

Not much information has been released in the newspapers about Ryan, but some misquotes from his My Space page have been released - hurtfully to his family.

Reading his My Space page gave me a sense of this fine young man. He loved his mother and expressed his tribute to her repeatly. "Heroes - my mom she did a great job with her lil hellan yep thats me." He lists God "without him nothing would be possible." He loved his friends and his fellow soldiers - "my fellow outlaws thanks for getting my back." He has posted several tributes to soldiers in general and by name. He had a great sense of humor. He loved music. I came away from Ryan's My Space page genuinely liking him.

The largest photo on Ryan's My Space is a tribute to Sgt Wilson Mock.

At this difficult time, we will be keeping Ryan's mother and sister and his friends in our hearts and prayers. Walk with God, Ryan. Thank you for all you sacrificed for our country. We will never forget you.

A poem Ryan posted:

The soldiers of our country
Stand tall across the land
They protect America
They aren't afraid to take a stand.

They have their families and friends
Whom they keep safe from harm
But those that fight alongside
Are brothers and sisters in arms

America's defenders
America's protectors
America's fighters
They are American soldiers

When a soldier dies across the sea
Many loved ones shed a tear
We can't forget their sacrifice
That they made for their country dear

These brave men and women
Always stand tall and proud
They fight for their loved ones
To keep them safe and sound.

America's defenders
America's protectors
America's fighters
They are American soldiers

They are the heroes of our country
Heroes for her always
They keep our country free
And fight for her everyday.

America's defenders
America's protectors
America's fighters
They are American soldiers

C/SMSgt Tabitha N.
(Civil Air Patrol cadet)Age 14


Sarge Charlie said...

Very moving stuff Sir, I am linking your site as a daily read, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Good Soldier, REST in PEACE

Thank you fro sharing this info on your site


Anonymous said...


My name is Leigh.
I got the Rememberance Bracelet of PFC Ryan J Hill,and now I can put a face to it!

Rest in Peace Ryan!U died a Hero!

Respect to all our serving men and women who put their lives at our risk!!!