Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood

28, of Cedar City, Utah.
Wood died in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 148th Field Artillery, Brigham City, Utah. Died on July 16, 2005.

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"It's been over seven years since SFC Wood's passing, but I remember this like it happened yesterday. On Veteran's Day, November 11, 2012, I will honor him, once again, by wearing my dog tags and also the special dog tag given to me by the Commander of B battery, which has Ronald T. Wood's name on it and the date of his passing in Kirkuk, Iraq. I was the 1-148 FA Chaplain when Ron died and along with so many others shocked, but am truly thankful for God allowing me to help the soldiers bring closure in airbase Kirkuk. I have never had the opportunity to let the immediate family know my sympathies and ongoing prayers for them. This soldier was truly among the best. On Veterans's Day, the Moravian Church in Anchorage Alaska will thank our Veteran's living and dead and also remember the contributions of SFC Ronald T. Wood (and his family) who gave up his body that our country will remain great."
William Nicholson of Eagle River, Alaska

"SFC Wood,
I just learned of your death, which occured a week after my unit left Iraq. I didn't know you well, but you impressed me as a good soldier and a fine NCO. Via con Dios my brother, until we meet again.

David Ford Jr.
Maj, MP/ Ca
Civil Affairs Team Leader"
David Ford of Winnfield, La.

"I Miss You, my wonderful son."
Ron Wood of Mt. Pleasant, Utah

"Rest easy brother, meet you on the OBJ."
John Mark of Riverton, UT

"Remember our friend and comrade Ron Wood his sacrifice was five years ago. US Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood. 28, was from Cedar City, Utah. Ron died in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 148th Field Artillery, Brigham City, Utah. He died on July 16, 2005. Please hang your US flag in his honor."
MSG Ret R Underwood of SLC, UT

"Dear Tanner family,I said a prayer for yourselves and Ron this past Memorial day.We were close friends and co-workers in Cedar City,UT.I miss him alot,he was an awesome human being as well as a Soldier.love you all."
jim bretanus of prescott,mi. usa

"I was talking to SFC Wood that morning in the commo room.In the 148Th FA BN TOC bldg.FOB Warrior.He was having problems with a radio and the FBCB2.He was about 1 1/2 hrs late on his SP time.I got back from lunch and found out what had happen to him.I only talked to him a few times but what I got from him and the soldiers in his unit he was well repsected.RIP SFC Wood"
SSG Corning, David (Ret.) of Ipswich,MA

"I only knew SFC Wood form an occasional passing at Ft Polk. A professional with a great gift. I remember his driver a young man who fell asleep in AFATS class with his had perched on top of my computer. After Bravo 1-148 was separated from A and C Battery and assigned rout clearance I saw him less. We were 20 miles away when he was hit but it mite as well been 2 feet. We remember him and think of him often as well as his driver Spc Lund. Ron was a 13D FDC Chief as I am and if the 148th deploys in 2010 I will deploy in the same position Ron held. I hope I don't let him down Our prayers are with his family and friends. We will remember him when we return to Iraq and will try to uphold the honor of Bravo 1-148 FA."

"This message is from the parents, Ron and Jody Wood, and the siblings of SFC Ronald Tanner Wood. We all deeply appreciate your messages of sympathy and support. You are welcome to contact us at our current email address: sfcronwoodfamily@hotmail.com. We always appreciate hearing from people who knew and loved our dear sweet Ronnie. Thank you all for your compassion!"
Ron and Jody Wood and Family of Mount Pleasant, UT / USA

"SFC Wood is a true american hero. I remember him as if it was yesterday in my motorpool as he changed tires on his vehicle. He was a leader that lead by example. I only hope as americans we can live our lives in a way that doesnt take away from his great sacrifice. Duty Honor Freedom"
SSG Barney us army retired of rexburg idaho

"Ron Wood was an inspiration to all soldiers of the 148th Field Artillery from Utah.

I had the unique pleasure of meeting SFC Wood at the Clamtina (Morale Center) on Camp Warrior a few weeks before this tragic incident. I also seen him on my occasional trip to the gym (however his was much more frequent). He was looked up to by fellow soldiers, not only in his unit; but also those he came in contact with.

July 16, 2005 is a day I will never forget. Tears flooded my eyes as we learned that a soldier with the 148th had been killed in an IED explosion and 2 others injured. They would be arriving to our facility within 15 minutes. I was shaken up due to the fact that I knew most of the 145th soldiers and did not want to have to be a trauma medic to any of them.

When they arrived, I was in charge of preparing the body for going to mortuary affairs on base; and then working in the operating room on one of the two wounded soldiers. When I walked into our holding room and began the preparation of SFC Wood's body; I immediately knelt down on my knees to pray. I needed to know that he was in a better place before I could begin my work. I had to have God's comfort in knowing that before I could work on a fellow soldier and friend. Almost instantly I recieved confirmation; an overwhelming feeling of calmness to my aching heart and shaking hands. Tears continued to stream down my face throughout the procedures that I was inclined to perform that day.

I can now say that it was an honor to be able to be one of the last to see SFC Wood; his amazing contributions to the army will always flood my thoughts.

I also had the opportunity to be at his memorial on Kirkuk Air Base as he boarded his plane for the United States. I was proud to be able to offer a final salute to him as well as help fellow soldiers deal with their loss.

I met my husband, SGT Daniel Whittaker during that grieving period for all of us. We have been married now for nearly 3 years... I can't hardly wait for the day that I can meet SFC Wood again in heaven and thank him for bringing me to my soul mate. He was Dan's mentor and hero. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with your family. You have much to be proud of..."
AJ Whittaker; SSgt Retired, US Air Force of Logan, UT

"The Sacrifice:

They say that time heals all wounds, but, the memory still lives of those we love. During my military career of 22 years, I have seen many a comrade fall, held some as they quietly slip into the hands of God and leaving one last request, "tell her I love her."

Death is not a stranger, and too often I wonder where we get such honorable and courageous men and women to defend our homeland. From all walks of life they come, giving freely, and without hesitation, the most precious gift of all, their lives. Not only for our proud nation, but their loved ones and those principles of freedom we hold so dear.

Remember them with all the love and memories your heart can hold, tell them you love them every day, and take pride that they passed doing what they believed in.

To all of you, whether a Grandparent, parent, sister, brother, girlfriend, boyfriend, I give you my deepest condolences, I know all too well what yo must feel. To all those now serving, standing the "Wall," if I could just reach out, shake your hand, give you a hug and say thank you, it would make these times of tribulation just a little more bearable.

God Bless all of you. I love you for what you do, for caring, the sacrifices you have made, and most of all, for Standing the "Wall" without out fear or regret so we may all know that no one will hurt us now.

God Bless


Paul T. Quinn
LNSC, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
pt.quinn9999@gmail.com"
Paul T. Quinn of Estero, Florida, United States

"July 16, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Ronald T. Wood:
Ronald 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

"SFC Wood was a great asset to B Btry 1-148th. I knew him for the few months he transfered to the unit before they were deployed. I remember him a man with tremendous physical strength, but with a gift for putting his soldiers first. I am close friends with those who were with him at the end and they have all confirmed that he had only grown stronger in that capacity. I am proud to have known SFC Ron Wood and only wish that I had known him better. God be with you... until we ALL meet again."
2LT Cody Shepard of Ft. Rucker, AL AH-64 Flight School

"To the family of Ron Wood-
I want you to know that your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. I am thankful for what Ron has done for me and my son. Freedom isn't free!! He is a true Hero to us. We will never forget him."
Kathy of Logan, Utah

"I think that I can speak for most of the members of Bravo Battery when I tell you that Ron is in our hearts and minds everyday, I know that almost none of the soldiers from the unit have contacted any of you since Ron was killed but I want you to know that we still cant believe that Ron was the one who was killed. As for me I think I appreciate everything just a little more and I dont let things bother me as much since July 16th. I believe that from talking to my friends in the unit that they carry some survivors guilt with them that prevents us from contacting your family. We really do care and each of us will carry it with us the rest of our lives. "Warrior First""
Soldier of Bravo 145-148/USA

"To: Jody and All Wood Family
We, as a Kurdish family, would like to express our deepest sorrow and gratitude for the sacrifice of your loved one, Ronald Wood!
Ronald, Thank you for your big sacrifice! You are honored and will be remembered by all good Iraqis in general and the Kurdish People in particular.
We are sure all your family and friends will miss you.
May God bless you, Jody and the family and May God give you patience and strength!"
Widad Akrayee + Family of Rome, GA 30165

""To The Wood Family"
Im truly sorry for your loss. I had the honor of knowing and serving with your loved one. He was a good man and I was deeply saddened when we got news that he had been killed, I just wish to say he was a good man, and I am sorry for your loss.

Sencerly,
Moose"
Spc. Morris of Lewiston, Idaho

"Words cannot express the loss and sorrow our company feels for SFC Ronald Tanner Wood. I work for a small company that produces tribute paintings for our fallen soldiers that we send to the family. The company is called Ray Simon Art and we have done around 900 framed prints. Can someone please direct to a picture of Ronald? I have been looking all across the internet and haven't been able to find one. If there is any information someone can provide please email me @ steve@raysimonart.com"
Steve Criado of Youngstown, Ohio

"To the family of: Ronald T. Wood I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"To the Wood Family,
We extend our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved RONALD. May the Angels surround you as you try to heal.
RONALD - thank you for your courage and bravery. You will Always be Remembered as an American Hero. We celebrate and honor your life.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, stationed in Iraq. 101st AVN Regt, Ft. Campbell. 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"The Wood Family wants to share a very special internet link about our son and brother, SFC Ronald Tanner Wood, designed by one of his best friends, Christian Mercer. It includes a video designed by our son, Nathan Wood, with the assistance of Christian and his twin brother, Clark Mercer. The video was shown near the end of the funeral services held for Ronnie on July 26, 2005 at Cedar High School in Cedar City, Utah. It also inlcudes some pictures from the funeral, and links to some of the numerous newspaper articles that have been written about Ronnie. We hope that all of you will go to this outstanding link to share in the heartfelt and loving tribute to his life and service on this earthly plain.
It is as follows:

http://www.infowest.com/personal/c/
cjmercer/tribute.html

Thank you all for your love and support to us, and for honoring the memory of our son, SFC Ronald Tanner Wood (our precious Ronnie).

Love to all of you,

The Wood Family
woodrj@piopc.net"
Ron and Jody Wood of Canon City, Colorado

"Ron and Jody Wood and our children, (Nathan, Julie, Cody, and Johnny), want to thank all of you for your love and support in honoring our son and brother, SFC Ronald Tanner Wood (our precious Ronnie). He was our hero, and now he is a true blue national hero to everyone. He was the most perfect human being and the most loyal soldier that anyone could ever know. He was always kind and loving to his fellow men and women, and always tried to do the right thing in every situation. He is sorely missed by his family. Thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts for honoring our son with your love and support. - Love to all of you - The Wood Family
woodrj@piopc.net"
Ron and Jody Wood of Canon City, Colorado

"TO THE WOOD FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY! OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH RON AND YOUR FAMILY! LOSTING OUR SON HAS BEEN VERY DIFFUCULT. ESPECIALLY, TO HIS WIFE MARICELA AND DAUGHTER ALEXIS. AN WE UNDERSTAND YOUR HEART ACHE. I'M NOT ONE TO BE CONCERNED FOR THOSE AGAINST OR FOR THE WAR. WHAT? I DO KNOW IS WHICHEVER POSITION. WE ALL MUST SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. MY TEARS ARE JUST FOR MY SON, MY TEARS ARE FOR RONALD AND ALL OUR FALLEN. RONALD YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF MANY. TO ALL THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED. TOGETHER YOU SHARED THE FONDNESS MEMORIES! THAT TRUST ME YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, NOT NOW OR EVER. SOMETIME'S AS I SIT WITH MY GREG; I UPDATED HIM TO HIS BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S THAT HAVE FALLEN. AN I GET A SENSE HE IS STANDING WITH RONALD. MAYBE WISHFUL THINKING; I DON'T KNOW, HOPE SO! MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY. WE ALL DEAL WITH OUR LOST VERY DIFFERENTLY. STILL WE ARE ONE UNITED FAMILY IN A COMMON BOND! RONALD YOUR MORE THEN A SOLDIER AND HERO! AS A FATHER I KNOW YOU DAD IS PROUD OF YOU AND STILL MISSES YOU VERY DEARLY. I OFTEN WISH IF HE ABOVE WOULD ALLOW. THAT GREG AND I, CHANGE PLACE'S. AGAIN WITH THAT WISHFUL THINKING. RONALD YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER! AS YOU ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY. RONALD THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR BEING A BROTHER TO OUR SON. I ALWAYS HAD A COMFORT KNOWING YOU ALL HAD ONE ANOTHER. THAT I DIDN'T HAVE TO BE WORRIED. RONALD MY PRAYS AREW ITH YOU ALWAYS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I heard many good things about your son from my nephew who is currently in Iraq. I am so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers."
Lori Johnson of Shelley, Idaho

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You.""
Tom Balstad of West Warwick, RI

"SFC Wood was one of the best soldiers in our Company. I have known Ron for about 10 years. We we lifting partners in the gym and became friends. Rons dedication to Country, Family and Soldiers will never be forgotten. Our motto "Warrior First" was instilled for him."
1LT Corey J. Mellor of Kikruk Iraq

"Thank you for your sacrifice Wood! I will always remember you as a man with a good heart. You were a leader and an example. If only words could describe how i feel! Thank you!"
SPC BRUBAKER of Kirkuk Iraq

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

"Words cannot express the appreciation we have for your service. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!"
The Brubaker Family of Camino, California

"I didn't know Ronnie as an adult, but he was one of my childhood friends. When I think about my childhood, Ronnie and his family are what comes to mind. Our fathers have been best friends for as long as I can remember, and remain so to this day. The last time I saw Ronnie, we were about 13. If I could describe Ronnie in one word, it would be Superman, because that is who he reminded me of growing up. I remember him being on some kick where he would not eat any sugar, and hadn't for several years, and I was amazed at his determination and ability to be so strict with himself. I remember him as always wanting to do what was right, and ready to make right any wrong that was being done. I remember him as being serious, I have a picture with Ronnie, his brother and sister, and me and my sister, all crammed into a photo booth, all of us making funny faces, except Ronnie-he was just that way. His parents are wonderful, and his character has been a reflection of what they taught him. I regret that I did not keep in touch over the years, that I only know the boy he was and not the man he had become, let this be a lesson to me. Ronnie, you will live on in my memory, and I will never forget you."
Valerie of Seattle, WA

"I didn't know Ronald Personally but I saw him several times thoughout our deployment to Iraq. From what everyone has told me, he was a great guy who left behind a wonderful family. I had hoped the 1-148FA could make it though this without losing anyone but things never turn out the way you want them to. His friends and comrads over here will never forget him and the sacrifice he made for these people and our country. Thank you SFC Wood I will never forget you."
Spc. Chellis Dodge of How Btry 1-148 of Kirkuk, Iraq

"Thank you Ronald Wood, 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 Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Wood:
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 Ronald 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 Sgt. 1st Class Ronald Wood:
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 Ronald, 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