Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ryan J. Montgomery

22, of Greensburg, Kentucky.
Montgomery died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while his unit was conducting convoy operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Regiment, Campbellsville, Kentucky. Died on July 3, 2005.

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"To the family of:Ryan J. Montgomery
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""

"Four years later and it still feels like yesterday. I still pray for your family continuously. I know the hurt still runs deep. I am so proud of what Ryan did for us all and I will never forget the cost of my freedom. I love you all. God bless!!"
Sherri Scott-Walker of Greensburg, KY

"My prayers are with you and the family. I didn't know Ryan personelly but his mom Pat is one of my aunts. May Ryan rest in peace with God.. God Bless you all!"
Veronica "Fisher" of Mt. Sherman, Ky/ USA

"June 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Ryan J. Montgomery:
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

"I was walking by Middle Collegiate Church in New York City (Norman Vincent Peale's church) today and they have a memorial of medals with all the soldiers killed in Iraq. At first, I didn't know what it was though, so I went up to read one of the names. It was Ryan J. Montgomery. I was quite taken aback since my name is also Montgomery and there were probably 3000 medals. All Montgomerys are related by the way, even if only very distant cousins. And we all share your loss. Please accept my deepest regrets."
Daryl Montgomery of Babylon, New York

"To the family & friends of Army Spc. Ryan J. Montgomery: My heart goes out to you, only God can give you comfort in such a great loss. I would like to say thank you Spc. Ryan J. Montgomery. It is because of the bravery & ultimate sacrifice of your own self & other brave men & women like you that we can live as free Americans.Each time I hear our National anthem play I keep my eyes upon our flag & I think of all of you who paid the price for freedom. I remember your smiles and laughter when you were young & played in the high school band with my son SrA Shane L. Ward. I have thought of you often Ryan, your memory will never leave our hearts. God bless you all who loved Army Spc. Ryan J. Montgomery"
Barry W. Ward of Summersville, Ky.

"I was the patrol leader for the unit that responded after the attack. I pray everyday since I have been home for SGT Montgomery, his family, and his unit. God bless you all. Truly Ryan was a great American."
LT Jeffrey Ahern of Warwick, RI

"I just wanted to say that I really appreciate the sacrifice that Ryan made for all of us to be able to live free from day to day. He paid the ultimate price, and for that I cannot think him enough. I wish all of you the best and I am very sorry for your loss. I was in band with Ryan and remember what a great guy he was. He will never be forgotten in my heart."
SrA Shane Ward of Goldsboro, NC

"I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO GIVE ME DEEPEST SYMPOTHY 2 PAT,RAY,BRIAN,BRANDI,JENNY AND ANY OTHER FAMILY OF RYANS.
I KNOW HOW BAD YOU MUST HERT I DID NOT KNOW RYAN VERY LONG AND LOVED HIM LIKE A BROTHER (AS DO I BRIAN)HE WAS ALWAYS SO LOVING, KIND, THOUGHTFUL AND CARING WORDS CANT DESCRIBE THE PAIN THAT EVERYONES FELT.EVRY 4TH OF JULY WE CELIBRATE FREEDOM BUT REALY ITS LIKE CELIBRATING DEATH OF FALLEN SOLIDERS IT DONSET SEAM FAIR.ITS NOT.HOW CAN ANY ONE GO OUT AND HAVE A GREAT TIME ON THAT DAY SOME EVEN ON THE THIRD I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND.
I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW I LOVE YOU AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU"
Lori Price of CENTER KY,USA

"On this day a year from the day your son was killed I still remember like it was yesturday the way he was and how well he was loved by us all. We all went over there in hope of a safe return for all our soldiers but life sometimes has a way of cheating some of us or cutting us short of our lives. I think of Gummy everyday and remember that my freedom and that those around me should know that this is real and we should truly be thankful for what life has given us no matter how bad something is. On this day 3 July 2006 I wanted to remember Ryan and to let his family know that there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him and the sacrifice he gave for us all. God bless you Ryan and God bless your family.

SGT Jeremy Tewsley
B 1/623 FA BN"
SGT Jeremy Tewsley of Louisville Ky

"My Son (Ryan)


A young soldier, a hero, my son
Hopes, dreams, breath there is none
Every moment, filled with such pain
As I clutch your picture, and call out your name


Stumbling blindly, through tear after tear
People are talking, but itís your voice I hear
Donít worry mama. Iíll be ok
Weíll see each other again someday

In my heart, you will always find
Your smiling face and your hand in mine
Iím so proud Ryan, of what you have done
But most of all, that you are my son.

I love you Ryan!
Love forever
Mom"
Patricia Montgomery of Campbellsville,KyUSA

"Letter To Ryan

A silent numbness, I can't explain
Dazed and confused, I feel the pain
Sometimes I feel like this isn't real
Truth is hard to realize, its hard to deal
As time warps around me, life goes on
Still deep inside, I dont think you're gone
Its hard to believe, your life we have lost
You are my HERO! you paid the cost
I feel like I get little messages that you send
It gives me strength, when I miss my Friend
Thank You for being there, when I needed you most
You are the reason that I believe in ghost
I go to the graveyard, I sit and I wait
I talk for hours, then I lock the gate
So many questions, what can I say
As I go on living, day by day
I get so angry, and I dont know why
I talk to you for answers, and I start to cry
Living in memories hurts me the most
I still go to messenger and wait for a post
I look for your name in letters dark black
Then I remember you're not coming back
Our lives all changed 3rd day in July
It hurts to laugh now, it hurts to cry
I can't stand these feelings, they won't go away
It only gets worse with each and everyday
Its the little things that keep me going
While I wonder why, and never knowing
My heart is broken, God this hurts so bad
I think of the good times, and it makes me sad
I close my eyes, but I can't sleep
In my heart the pain is too deep
Hoping one day, this pain will get better
I sit at this computer, and I write you this letter"
Amanda Perkins of Hardyville, Ky

"this is a member of ryans family, thank all of you deeply. you can contact me at hovious9@aol.com thank you"
anonymous of campbellsville, kentucky/USA

"To the family of Ryan Montgomery, I would like to express my utmost appreciation to you for the sacrifice you've had to make for my freedom. Ryan will never be forgotten and you'll always be in our prayers."
God Bless, Chrissy McQueary (Wife of Sgt. Ryan McQueary) of Russell Springs, Ky

"I read about your loss in the Courier Journal. I am an identical twin, as well; therefore, I have an idea what Bryan must be going through.

Please know that while we may never meet, you will be in my thoughts and prayers."
Jim Dahlem of Louisville, Kentucky

"To the Montgomery family,
We extend our thoughts and prayers to you for the loss of your beloved RYAN. He served our country with honor and courage and will Always Be Remembered as an AMERICAN Hero.
RYAN - Thank you for your service to our great country. We celebrate your life and honor your memory as a Hero. Gods Speed brave soldier and may the Angels surround your family as they try to heal.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, from Ft. Campbell 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq 10-20-05.""
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"For: All of Ryan's family.You are all in my thoughts & prayers each & every day.Thank God for young men like Ryan,his brother,my grandson & all of the men & women fighting for our freedom in Iraq.I think this poem says a lot.
May God be with all of you & help you get through all of the bad times each of you will face.

THE FINAL INSPECTION


The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you ?

Have you always turned the other cheek ?

To My Church have you been true?"


The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."


~Author Unknown~"
Jewell Penick of Greensburg,KY..USA

"To the family of Gummi, he was a great soldier, who did give 110% in everything he did. we have missed him greatly, and will continue to do so for the rest of our lives, we all feel like we lost a brother that tragic day. but the memory of gummi will never fade in our hearts, he will live forever inside of us all

2nd PLT
STALLIONS"
SGT Monty C Stagnoli of IRAQ

"Thanks to all of you who have left messages for my son(Ryan). He was a wonderful son and person. He always had a smile and was willing to help anyone at anytime.He made the world a brighter place with his smile. Ryan was doing what he loved. He loved being a soldier and protecting the ones he loved. He loved his country. He loved his brother(bryan)they were always together.
He loved his pulling truck (Thunderstruck) and it will go on in his memory. This is one of the hardest things I will ever do in my life is to live on without my son,it will never be the same.... kind words and pages like this help. I have a hole in my heart that will never be filled but i want everyone to know that Ryan went that extra mile everyday to protect our country and stepped up to do extra missions that he didnt have to do because he loved us all. He will be in my heart and soul forever and he is my hero and my beloved son and always will be. I love you Ryan with all my heart and soul. Always remember mom loves you forever and a day!
Thanks to all of you for your support!"
Patricia Montgomery(Ryan's Mom) of Campbellsville,Ky USA

"My deepest condolences to the family and friends of SPC. Ryan J. Montgomery.

My heart aches for you and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part eased by the feeling of great pride for Ryan's valor and deep sense of patriotism.

To Ryan I would say, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much. You will always be remembered as an American hero by my family.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,

Pat Shoukry"
Pat Shoukry of New York, NY - USA

"Our prayers go out to you and your
family over the loss of your son Ryan.
May God bless you and help you thru
this difficult time. Your son Ryan is
truly an American Hero."
The Wade family of Louisville, Kentucky

"Raymond and family,
I want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. Growing up in the same community I know how special of a person Ryan was, always smiling, always friendly. I am so deeply saddened by his passing. He will forever be remembered by all who knew him. We are so proud that he served our country well. He is truly an American Hero."
Lisa Pruitt of Greensburg, KY

"We are all so sorry for your Families loss.
Thank you so much for having a Son with the Courage that it takes to put their life on the line for our Country. We truly do appreciate You and Your Son's sacrifice."
Patty Wiesbrook of Bowling Green, KY USA

"Dear Ryan's Family and Friends, I am sorry to hear of Ryan's passing. What a true American hero he is. I am praying for all of you and know that Ryan is safe and at peace with God right now. Ryan will never be forgotten. God Bless all of you,"
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the Family of Ryan Montgomery, May God comfort you in this time of grief, Ryan will never be gone as long as you have him in your hearts and memory. I did not know him, but i know some that did, and they said he was a fine young man. You all are in our prayers."
Bud Moon of Greensburg KY

"Would please take the time to pull up our Web Site and listen to a song . This song plays every day in Iraq and we get mail from there every day.
If you like the song we would like to mail you a copy NO COST we would just like to get the song playing the radio stations wont help us because we are not a big name band. I am from Mt. Sterling KY. but i live in Cocoa Fla. at this time.Our Web Site is
http://ronmiller11.tripod.com/
We would like to hear from you if you will take the time.
Thank you for your time and may God be with you.
Ron Miller and the Dixie Bex Band
gettincountry@aol.com"
Ron Miller of Cocoa Fla. USA.

"Dear Raymond

Your loss of Ryan saddens us deeply. You, your family and Ryan will be remembered in our prayers."
Donnie and Kathy Kemp of Lexington, Ky.

"Gone but NEVER forgotten, we will miss his smile and spread it to all who are in need of it. My thoughts and prayers go to Ryan's family and friends."
Teresa Robertson of Center, Kentucky

"Ryan was a wonderful friend. I was was very sad when i heard of his very untimely death. My heart goes out to his family, and especially his twin brother, whom i consider a wonderful friend as well. I'll never forget my senior prom... Ryan was a great date! I'll always regret not being able to come to his funeral and memorial.. the distance for me is just too far. For his family.. I will remember him always, he was a wonderful person, a unique spirit and a marvelous friend. I am proud to have been included in his blessed life."
Allison Conner-Kalenekker of Tok, Alaska (formerly of Greensburg, KY)

"To the Montgomery family, Your son "Gummy" was a great guy and a excellent soldier that i always seen with a smile on his face and gesture to make u laugh. He was a guy that i wouldnt mind watching my back any day. he is sadly missed by the members of stallion 32C. Your in our thoughts and prayers"
SGT Kenton Ryan of Iraq

"I am deeply saddened by Ryan's death. He was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, always greeting me with a big smile and a 'hello.' My heart aches for your entire family. I am so thankful to Ryan for being so brave and unselfish and for protecting our country. My love and prayers are with you."
Angie S. Conner of Greensburg, Kentucky

"I will remember Ryan for always giving 110%. He didn't believe in doing anything half way. I have been praying for you guys ever since I got the news. I am so sorry! My heart aches for you. May God be with you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers always."
Sherri (Scott) Walker of Mt Sherman, KY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"to your son the hero
thank you for fighting for my freedoms and you have left your place in this world. ( a very special place in our hearts) to your family a poem you might like



Itís been a while
Since Iíve heard youíre voice-
That worm comforting voice,
Always offering
Helpful words of wisdom.
You always seem to know
So much more about life than I-
And just what to say to make the world seem like itís on our side


I miss you
When something really good happens,
Because youíre the one I want to share it with

I miss you
When something is troubling me,
Because youíre the one ,
Who understands me so well,

I miss you
When I laugh and when I cryí
Because youíre the one
Who makes the laughter grow and the tears disappear.

I canít believe how much I miss you

God bless you and my prayers with you."
Kimberly of USA!!!

"Your son was a hero. I knew him, but i didnt know he was a solider.. and I'm verry sorry for your loss. I'll always remember him....he was a great guy!"
Courtney of Hardyville, Kentucky

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Montgomery,
Both Ryan and Bryan are true HEREOS. It truly is a sad loss for all of us who knew Ryan. He will only be remembered as the Hero that he was. If you need anything at all, everyone here in Greensburg is here to help any way that we can. God Bless You and Your Family."
Josh & Jennifer Stilts of Greensburg, KY

"Our son, Russell, emailed us today from Iraq. He is grieving along with you. Ryan was usually the driver on Russ's team. He told us what a great guy Ryan was, how highly everyone thought of him and how much he will be missed. Know that our thoughts and prayers are very much with you. May God wrap His arms around you and sustain you in the difficult days ahead"
Mary & Jeff Telker of Barnum, MN

"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. Your HERO, Ryan will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"RYAN THANK YOU FOR BEING A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER. MANY IN AMERICA, DON'T HAVE THE BRASS TO BE A SOLDIER. I TRUELY, BELIEVE IT IS A CALLING IN ONE' LIFE. RYAN YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER! YOU RYAN HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD. NO SOLDIER EVER WANTS TO GO TO WAR!. SOLDIER'S HAVE A JOB TO DO. SO THOSE THAT TALK NEGATIVE OF OUR TROOPS, THAT ANNOY'S ME TO NO END! ALWAYS SUPPORT THE TROOPS, FOR THE TROOPS SUCH MEN LIKE YOU RYAN, DO SO MUCH FOR ALL AMERICAN'S. EVEN THAT RIGHT TO TALK TRASH IN ALL OUR SOLDIER'S DO. STILL RYAN YOU HAD KEPTED YOUR MISSION CLEAR. I AM VERY GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL IT WAS YOU BY OUR SON'S SIDE IN IRAQ. YOU NOW JOIN HIM ON A NEW MISSION. OUR FAMILY AS YOUR'S RYAN, STAND PROUD OF YOUR! GOD bLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Ryan Montgomery, 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 Spc. Ryan Montgomery:
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 Spc. Ryan Montgomery:
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