- 28 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 17, 1977
- Date of passing: Jul 16, 2005
|Let the memory of Ronald be with us forever|
United States Army Sergeant 1st Class Ronald Tanner Wood Of Cedar City, Utah was assigned to the Bravo Battery 1st Battalion 148th Field Artillery, Utah Army National Guard, Brigham City, Utah. Ronald was killed in action on July 16, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Kirkuk, Iraq.Ronald Tanner Wood has received the following medals: Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Ancient Order of Saint Barbara Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, War on Terrorism Medal, and Purple Heart. Sergeant First Class Ronald Tanner Wood was a soldier in the Utah Army National Guard for almost eleven years. In November, 1994, during his senior year at Cedar High School in Cedar City, Utah, Ron became a member of the Headquarters Battery 2nd Battalion 222nd Field Artillery in Cedar City. He was a member of the 222nd when they were activated near the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and shortly after his return from that activation he became a member of the Bravo Battery 1st Battalion 148th Field Artillery in Brigham City, Utah. The 148th was deployed to Iraq, and SFC Ronald Tanner Wood was killed while he was riding in an armored vehicle that was hit by two roadside underground explosive devices on July 16, 2005, near Kirkuk, Iraq. Military generals from Washington, D. C. speaking at his funeral said that SFC Ronald Tanner Wood had positively impacted the lives of over 20,000 military men and women as a teacher of military classes and a mentor to everyone serving with him. Sergeant First Class Ronald Tanner Wood liked to laugh and enjoy life. He enjoyed reading books, listening to music, bodybuilding, weight lifting, and running. Ron was always concerned about everyone else’s needs, and wanted to make sure that his family was happy. He was proud to be a Utah Army National Guard soldier, and he was dedicated and loyal to his fellow soldiers until the end of his life. SFC Ronald Tanner Wood was a true blue national hero, and he is sorely missed by his family, friends, and fellow soldiers.
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