Full Battle Rattle
SSG Gary Lee Woods Jr.
  • 24 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 24, 1984
  • Place of birth:
    Kentucky, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 10, 2009
  • Place of passing:
    Mosul, Iraq
Let the memory of Lee be with us forever

Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods Jr., 24, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky. SSG Woods was known by his middle name "Lee". Throughout his life, he strived to do the best at any challenge given to him. He was a talented musician who sang and played many instruments, he loved drawing, fishing and camping. He graduated from Bullitt Central High School in 2002. His basic training was completed close to home, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and he graduated as a 19k Tanker in June 2003. Lee completed two previous tours of duty in Iraq assigned to 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, and was deployed on his third tour in September 2008, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was one of five soldiers killed when their military vehicle was struck by a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Mosul, Iraq. He was set to come home in the fall and move to Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was looking forward to being closer to his family. Lee is survived by his mother and stepfather Becky and Pat Johnson of Indianapolis, his father and stepmother Gary and Debbie Woods of Lebanon Junction, KY, his wife Christie Woods of Shepherdsville, KY, his sisters Britteny and Heather Woods and Mandy Maraman, his brothers Courtney, Troy Woods, and Newman and Corey Johnson, and his grandmother, Nancy Ratliff.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Barbara Pentecost on 24th June 2017

"HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY HERO! NEVER FORGOTTEN!"

This tribute was added by Barbara Pentecost on 24th June 2017

"HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY HERO!  NEVER FORGOTTEN!"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Brennan on 24th June 2017

"Thinking of you and your mom today, on your birthday. With much love and respect from another military mom."

This tribute was added by Sharon Voltz on 24th June 2017

"Happy Heavenly Birthday Lee you sure are missed by so many."

This tribute was added by Phillip Boulais on 24th June 2017

"Happy birthday, brother!"

This tribute was added by Mike Oliver on 26th April 2017

"Lee, I met your Mom on facebook.  Becky is such a special person, I'm privileged to know her.  I want to thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice to our nation in the name of world peace.
rest easy soldier...you duty is done
we now have the watch
<my best snappy salute>
Mike Oliver
New Orleans Ride Captain
Patriot Guard Riders"

This tribute was added by Phillip Boulais on 13th April 2017

"Good morning, Staff Sergeant:

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you!  My heart hurts and weighs so heavy.  I was supposed to be driving that truck, and at the last moment (literally), I was pulled for a medical examination and replaced by you.  Tears roll down my face every time I think about that day.  

I am at a loss for words, but I wanted to leave something short to let you know that I think about you and pray for you and your family daily.  It was more than an honor to have served with you.  You were a terrific man, outstanding soldier, and a NCO who was capable of anything.  

You are truly missed and this world will never be the same without you.

We will meet again, my brother!

Phillip Boulais"

This tribute was added by Tania Palmer on 10th April 2017

"I was never honored to meet Lee in this life.I still feel like I know him.This is all because of his mother Becky.She has shared her love for him to a lot of us.We have returned started to love Lee through his mother's eyes.I am so thankful for his service to our country.It saddens me,that he paid the ultimate price.I wish I could give him and his loved ones even one more day.He will always be a hero,husband,cousin,friend and wonderful son.Thank you Becky for sharing your love.God bless!"

This tribute was added by Diana N on 10th April 2017

"Hi Lee! Your momma asked to share a memory of you, but since I don't have a memory of us....I just wanted to say hi, and I'm  thinking of you and your family today.
~Diana from NJ"

This tribute was added by Chris Crispy on 10th April 2017

"Have lots of good memories with Lee from high school from regular class to JROTC he was a fun down to earth guy that had so much talent and took pride in everything he did. I can remember being in JROTC and going to the firing range and shooting the guns was always fun but the extra activities is what seemed to be the best and Lee was always on top tryin to be the best on the ropes and different things they had set up for us to do but in the end it was the mud that we all enjoyed throwing each other around in seeing who could stay on there feet with out going down. It was more of a every man and woman for themselves. Always a good time and you were guaranteed a laugh being around him. RIP brother you may be gone but one thing for sure you'll never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Donna Groves on 10th April 2017

"Good Morning Lee!! I think of you every day! I think of your momma and sister ever day too! Ohh...and your little niece is adorable!! I know you are watching over her now! As I've said many times Lee...Thank you for your service....Great BIG HUGS!!!! I keep your momma in my Prayers ever day, but even more on this Anniversary...I know you will be by her side today and every day!!"

This tribute was added by Bruce Sorge on 10th April 2017

"I really hate this day because I lost five good friends, but know that Gary left a lasting impression on me. He was one of the good guys. An NCO that soldiers could always count on to get things done. He will always be missed. It was truly a pleasure serving with such an outstanding man and soldier."

This tribute was added by Jean Smith on 30th May 2016

"Thank you Lee for your service.  Forever in your mom, Beckys heart. So many of our sons and daughters are heros"

This tribute was added by Roy Teresa Williams on 30th May 2016

"Thank you for your service and giving the ultimate sacrifice!"

This tribute was added by Ann King-Smith on 30th May 2016

"Thank you, Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods, for making the ultimate sacrifice to give me my freedom.  On this Memorial Day, 2016, I honor you and your service to our country."

This tribute was added by Keely Vondersaar on 30th May 2016

"Proud to be an American because of young people like this young man and his Mama. Thank you for your sacrifice and Becky thank you for your never ending dedication to your son and his brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate sacrifice."

This tribute was added by Daniel White on 23rd May 2016

"I will forever miss you and the stories we have shared my brother ...until we meet again in our fathers kingdom"

This tribute was added by Audie Rachell on 23rd May 2015

"Just wanted to say I thought about you this past april, and today. I didnt know you well, but enough to remember you by. Take care."

This tribute was added by Gina Fore on 24th February 2015

"So sorry for your loss.  Be proud of your son.  I am sure will be greatly missed.  God Bless to you and your family."

This tribute was added by Will Morris on 6th February 2015

"Sure do miss Woody."

This tribute was added by Elaine Houston on 12th April 2014

"Lee.....This is Moma Elaine and Rick, we will never forget the person you were, we will always hold you dear to our hearts. I'm thankful you choose to become part of our family long before you married Christie Hope. You won our hearts long before she gave you hers. Your positive attitude, loving smile, and kindness won us at,  "Hello."  You were one of those special people that rarely cross our path. were glad God sent you our way. You will always be this families HERO. Thank You for serving us, by giving your everthing. My only comfort is that one day we'll meet again in heaven. That will be a blessed day. See you soon. Love U Lee."

This tribute was added by suzanne leemkuil on 11th April 2014

"THANK YOU HERO you will never be forgotten and I will forever be GRATEFUL we will always be here for your beautiful mother RIP"

This tribute was added by Daniel Gower on 16th July 2013

"Rest in peace brother. I regret I didn't know you to well, but you always made me smile during them rough days. Thank you for them good times."

This tribute was added by Bruce Sorge on 4th July 2013

"When we were at PB Howell, Gary worked in the company OPS center. I'd have SOG at stupid odd hours of the morning and I'd hang out in the OPS center and just talk about random things with Gary. He was always friendly and smiling, even when he was stressed out from the OPS center. He seemed like a genuinely nice man and I am honored to have gotten to know him. RIP Gary."

This tribute was added by Patricia Milane on 24th June 2013

"Prayers are with you today Gary, Mom and Dad on this very sad and unforgotten day."

This tribute was added by suzanne leemkuil on 10th April 2013

"Becky,there are no words that I can think of that can say what I feel.I thank Gary for what he did for me and I will honor him by always honoring and showing the UP MOST RESPECT for all of our military our warriors past present and all those who gave all love you hugs and love from NC"

This tribute was added by Sharon Daugherty on 10th April 2013

"SSG Woods,I am the wife of your battle SSG. Daugherty, I did not have a chance to meet you in person, but I have had the pleasure of meeting your parents and in-laws, Through the stories and pictures I know you, You will always be in our thoughts and hearts,we will always be proud to call you our friend, I know I can speak for hubs it was hard on him to bring you home,but an Honor to do it"

This tribute was added by Patricia Milane on 10th April 2013

"Words cannot express what I felt listening to this song and reading the tributes.  I can't imagine what you are going through.  May god be with you and your family today and throughout your life."

This tribute was added by Veronica Lee on 10th April 2013

"Lee was an amazing guy. Hard to believe its been 4 years since God saw fit to take you home. You are and will be missed very much. You touched so many lives here including mine. You showed me what true friends are. Luv ya man!!"

This tribute was added by Joann Fabrizio on 10th April 2013

"Thank you and God Bless you Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods,  Jr. For your service and the ultimate sacrifice for your country!  Becky God Bless you and all that you do!  You are my hero!"

This tribute was added by Eric Basile on 10th April 2013

"It was my honor to have served with Lee. He was a great person, great NCO and a heck of a spades player. He will never be forgotten for he touched lives everywhere he went."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Softich on 1st April 2013

"Oh Becky....I have so much respect for Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods, Jr., Lee...your son. I have so much respect for you as well and all you do in honor of your child. For all you do for me and so many others. I will be back on this page again and that is a promise."


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