Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Ryan J. Buckley

21, of Nokomis, Illinois.
Buckley died in Baghdad, Iraq of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on June 23, 2006.

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"I love you Buck, Iíll never forget you. You were the best man on our team, and my personal hero."
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Werneree of United States

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his
blood with me, Shall be my brother. Ryan was a great friend and was there for everyone that needed him. And the select few who knew this Hero was there for him. We miss him greatly, He was one of my best friends at Campbell and in Iraq. I will never forget you Buck. and to his family. He was one of the best men that I have ever met. this world is a sadder place with out him."
Timothy Krieger of New Haven, MO

"To Ryan,
I was a former squad leader of Ryans. When I came to the unit Ryan was supposed to be a troubled soldier. I told him he had a clean slate with me and whatever he had done his past is left there. I myself had something more in common with Ryan. We were both from Hillsboro IL. I told him repeatedly that Illinois soldiers are hard and not weak. We developed a great relationship and "Buck" as we all referred to him as. Turned things around and became one heck of a leader. After of hearing of Bucks death I went to visit the other soldiers in the unit who had returned. I wantet to support them as they had supported me. I would like to tell Sean his squad leader to keep your head up. (615) 977-0452"
SSG (R) john stoner of nashville tn

"Ryan I failed on my promise to bring all my boys home alive...you were destined to be great....I miss you"
SSG Steward

"It is early 2009 and I still think of Ryan And his family. I am a Patriot Guard Rider and had the honor of attending Ryan's service. God Bless Ryan and his family."
Mike Egan of Peoria, IL

"Ryan, You were a true friend and a great american and will be missed forever. Miss you, Ian"
Ian of Hillsboro, IL USA

"To the family of:Ryan J. Buckley 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"

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Ryan J. Buckley:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the family of Cpl Ryan J. Bucley
I am deeply sorry for your loss.I am a former soldier in the United State Army,who is about to join the Army Reserve.I am asking your permission to have a remembrice braclet made with Ryans name and information on it to wear to remember the sacrifice that he has made for me and the people of this country.You can e-mail me at john.barnett73@yahoo.com.Thank You.And Ryan you will not be forgotten Battle."
John Barnett of Vandalia,Il United States


Thank You So Much For Your Sacrifice. We Miss You Very Much!!! You Are A True Hero That Will Never Be Forgotten. R.I.P Ryan!!"
Jeremy and Lacey (Owens) Gifford of Hillsboro, IL

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Currahee"(Stands Alone)506th Inf. Motto"

"I miss you Ryan, and you were the best friend and soldier that i have ever met in my entire life. We will never be the same without you. Love you Ry"
Lindsey of Hillsboro, IL

you were the greatest friend i could've asked for. not a day goes by that i don't think of you. you were a great soldier, and a damn good friend. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN GOOD FRIEND!
dyrick rainey of clarksville,tn,u.s.a

"To the Family of CPL Ryan Buckley:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Ryan's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Ryan, I will always remember and honor you. You are a true hero. God bless you for your sacrifice."
Nicholas Houck of Langley AFB, VA

"you are never going to be forgotten. you are a great person/ hero."
Charliene of Nokomis

"Ryan, you will never be forgotten. You were a great friend and a true hero..."
SPC Josiah Kirk of Ft. Benning, GA


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
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Thank you Ryan Buckley, 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 Cpl. Ryan Buckley:
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 Cpl. Ryan Buckley:
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