Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pfc. Ryan D. Christensen

22, of Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey.
Christensen died at the Medical University of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, of a non-combat related illness identified in Balad, Iraq, on November 10, 2005. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on November 24, 2005.

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"To the family of:Ryan D. Christensen
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I am trying to find someone I can give this too, a dog tag with Ryan's face on it and first cousin is inscribed on the back was found. I would like to give back to family not sure how. Please contact me at my email preveza79@yahoo.com. Thank You"
Rania of New York, NY

"November 8, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Ryan D. Christensen:
Ryan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Ryan I love you man. I really mean that as we got to know each other you became a great friend. You are one of the most honorable men I know. You took an adversity you had early in your adult life and turned it into an opportunity to travel the world and better yourself. I think of you almost daily and visit you often. If I could be half the man you are I will live a fulfilled life. I miss you and your art you were truly talented. I hope you have gotten your memorial tree."
Noah Regn-Stillwaggon of Wall, NJ/USA

""SPC Christensen, will never be forgoten. He died weeks prior to his return home. Good soldier, computer "gooroo"!! "Brave soldiers NEVER die. Their memory always live on".""
SSG Eric L. Jefferson of Ft. Stewart, GA (1/64th AR BN)

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Ryan will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"To the Christensen Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Ryan is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Ryan."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not here to see,
if the sun should rise to find your eyes are filled with tears for me;
I hope you will not cry the way you might that day,
just thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me and you know that I love you,
and each time that you'd think of me, please know I'd miss you too;

If tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready, in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye
for all my life, I'd always thought, that I would never die.
I have so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
it seems almost impossible, that I'd be leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
the thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
But then I walked through heaven's gates, and felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you,
today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same, there's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and live in peace with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be there in your heart.
Author David M. Romano

Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop

"RYAN TAHNK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. I ASSURE YOU AS HE FELT OF YOU. UNFORTUNATELY, NEITHER OF YOUR KNEW ONE ANOTHER. TODAY YOU ARE TOGETHER WILL ALL OUR FALLEN. RYAN YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN AND MUCH MORE! YOU UNSELFISHLY; SERVED YOUR COUNTRY WHEN OTHERS DON'T. RISKING YOUR LIFE FOR US ALL. THE REALITY IS YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. AN I PRAY YOU ARE TO EVERY AMERICAN. WITHOUT MEN SUCH AS YOURSELF RYAN. TERRORISM STILL BE HERE AT HOME. YOU BECAME A SMALL PART OF MAKING AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911. AN STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ. THAT ONE DAY THE PEOPLE WILL LIVE IN PEACE. RYAN YOU ARE APART OF MILITARY, WORLD, AMERICAN AND IQARI HISTORY. COMPUNDED BY ALL THE HEARTS YOU TOUCHED IN YOUR LIFE. THOSE YOU HAVE ALL CHERISH VERY FOND MEMORIES SHARED WITH YOU. AN THE LOVE YOU HAD FOR YOUR FAMILY. IS SOMETHING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. NOW IT IS TIME TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS! REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN YOUR HONOUR. AFTER ALL RYAN, YOU SERVED YOUR COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. WE AS THE FALLEN FAMILIES MUCH HONOUR OUR FALLEN. TO KEEP YOU ALL IN THE MINDS OF EVERY AMERICAN. FOR MANY MANY TAKE ALL YOU DO FOR GRANTED ALONG WITH THE LIBERIYTIES AND FREEDOM YOU SO SAFEGUARDED FOR US ALL. NOT MANY DAYS SINCE LOSING MY SON HAVE I STOPPED SHEDDING TEARS. TODAY THE TEARS ARE FOR YOU. LIKE LOSING ANOTHER SON. TO YOUR LOVING FAMILY. HEALING IS A SLOW PROCESS. TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. RYAN WILL ALWAYS BE IN YOUR HEART. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM, NY

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and strength to face the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 Apr 05"

"Thank you Ryan Christensen, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Ryan Christensen:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Ryan for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Ryan Christensen:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Ryan, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on