Cpl Ryan Casey McGhee
  • 21 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 4, 1987
  • Date of passing: May 13, 2009
Let the memory of Ryan be with us forever

Army Cpl McGhee was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. He died from wounds sustained during a firefight with enemy forces while conducting combat operations in Balad. Since he was a teenager, Ryan knew he would become an Army Ranger. He attended Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he was a member of the Key Club, served on the class executive board his junior and senior years, and chosen by his classmates for two senior superlatives – friendliest and most charming. After graduating in 2006, Ryan entered the U.S. Army on August 1, 2006 and completed the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program. He first served as a Rifleman and Grenadier in Company B before serving as a Weapons Squad Team Leader with Company D, 75th Ranger Regiment. Ryan was on his fourth tour of duty – the last in Iraq after three tours in Afghanistan. He and his unit were conducting operations to rid Iraq of a weapons facilitator and suicide-bomber cell know to be operating in the area. His awards and decorations include Army Good Conduct Medal,National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, Expert Infantryman's Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Bronze Star with "V" device and the Ranger Tab. Ryan was a great person who loved what he did. 

After graduating from Massaponax High School, McGhee enlisted in the
U.S. Army from his hometown of Fredericksburg, Va., in August 1, 2006.
He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning Ga., as an
infantryman. After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he
was assigned to the Ranger Indoctrination Program also at Fort
Benning.Ryan made 2nd string all state defensive lineman and gave up a
partial scholarship to a private college to be an Army Ranger. The
events on September 11, 2001 and his roll model, Pat Tillman were the
motivating factors to enlist in the military. 9/11 had a tremendous
impact on his belief that he had to do something to protect our
freedoms. McGhee is survived by his mother Sherrie Battle McGhee of
Knoxville, TN.; by his father Steven McGhee of Virginia.; and maternal
grandparents Dr. William C. and Joann Battle of Knoxville, Tenn.;
paternal grandparents Mike and Roberta McGhee of Newport News, Va.,
and his brother SSG Zachary McGhee of Fredericksburg, VA. Ryan was
also engaged to be married to Ashleigh Mitchell in June 2010. Ashleigh
was attending the University of Virginia studying law at the time of
Ryan's death.

All Medals Received
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with V-Device,
Purple Heart, Meritorious Award Metal, Army Good Conduct Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat
Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism
Service Medal,

All Awards Received
Ranger Leadership Tab, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Service
Ribbon, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and
Parachutist Badge.His military education includes the Basic Airborne
Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, and the U.S. Army Ranger

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This tribute was added by Timothy Dickerson on 1st February 2016

"I miss you uncle ryan"

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