Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Crockett

37, of Broxton, Georgia.
Crockett was struck by an improvised explosive device while on a mounted patrol. He was assigned to Company D, 51st Signal Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on January 12, 2004.

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"I am lying bed reminiscing in some of the great Soldiers I
highly respect and instantly I thought of SFC Ricky Crockett. I first met him and his family at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in 1991 to 1994. SFC Crockett took me under his Leadership and it was a professional experience that led me throughout the rest of my career. Yes,I have never experienced a frown on his face, always a big smile. I found out about his passing through my old Soldier , Jacqueline Afflick.I know my brother is in heaven and one day we will see each other one day. I hope his wife read this. She use to brain my 3 daughters hair in Hawaii. Much Respect and rest my brother."
Msg (Ret) Julius Sanders of Sanford, North Carolina

"I'm just visiting Charlotte, North Carolina for training for a non-profit. I came upon this page by accident, but perhaps there are no accidents. Please know that as I lay my head to rest this evening, Staff Sargeant Crockett will be in my prayers."
Heather Kelly Melvin of Exeter, NH

"Yesterday was Memorial day 2019, I remember SFC Crockett every year. I served with SSG Crockett and was deployed with him to Iraq. We worked together many times while he was in A CO 51st Signal BN. He was an amazing person who always had a smile on his face. It seemed no matter how bad things were he maintained a positive attitude. I remember especially how much time he spent helping us get ready for deployment to Iraq and how hard that must have been on his family. I am deeply grateful for having the opportunity to know SFC Crockett, and offer up my condolences as I am sure memorial day brings back many memories."
James Stulc of Grand Junction, CO

"I am here in my home today, 30 May 2016, Memorial Day and pull up to read up on my Mentor and close friend. It seem like yesterday when SFC Crockett took me in his wing and start mentoring me while station at Schofield Barrack HI. I was a young Sergeant in the Quartermaster field as SFC Crockett was Ordinance. We were in H Co 25th Infantry, E Quad. Just knowing we were in different regiment tells you that SFC Crockett cared about leading and mentoring. It didn't matter where you work at to him. That Georgia born gentleman knew my family as I knew his, He also worked with my youngest sister in the Signal Brigade at Ft Bragg prior to her ETS. It's been twelve years now since my friend have went to glory, but is still in my heart and is missed. May the family continue to march on, and we all will see that bright smile again one day."
MSG (Retired) Julius F. Sanders of sanford, nc

"Will truly be missed."
Jeffery Harley of Fayetteville NC

"I found out about SSG Crockett's death from another soldier I served with, SSG Williams (ret.). I was broken up that a good man like himwas taken. The motor crew from 514th Sig Co. was rough, but we were the best ! Ricky made me want to be better, and always talked to me whenever, just like the other sergeants inmy section. Will always miss him. Ft. Bragg, 97-98. (928) 210-7740."
Jerry Otto of Yuma, Az. 85364.

"SFC Crockett was my motor Sgt and he was a great leader and a great mentor. I will always remember the day that he was killed. The tragic loss that we all felt. You are gone but you will never be forgotten. Until we meet again my brother."
SGT (Seperated) Barry, David (Joe) of cameron, North carolina

"SSG Crocket today is 9/11/13 my page is dedicated to you."
MSG Harris-Autry, Tamika of K-Town, Germany

"Memorial Day 2013
Still Thinking of You.
We will always remember you, and our prayers go out to your family.
514th Signal TacSat"
Ray Shane of Garden Grove, CA

"Ricky was my next door neighbor and friend. We were together at Camp Dragoon in Baghdad. It's taken me a long time to talk about what happened that morning. We were both leading convoys to the supply camp down the road from C.D. I was the 1st convoy and Ricky was in the 2nd. When we crossed over the overpass, I decided to short cut the route and jump the median to the other side of the street and enter the freeway from there while Ricky's convoy went the way I was supposed to go. If I hadn't changed my route it would have been my truck that got hit, not his. It should have been me and I will forever live with the memory of my friend who lost his life when it should of been me.

He will always be missed by those whose lives he touched.

See you in the next life brother......."
Sad friend of Ft. Polk, LA

"To SSG Crockett family I am so sorry for your loss..I was stationed in 514th Signal Company with SSG Crockett, I was just a private when i meet him, he always had a smile on his face, I remember he would never let anyone down, he took care of all us in the motorpool.He was a Great man and will be missed. My heart goes out to the Crockett family."
PFC Estrada Maxine (maxine singh) of Ocoee, florida

"Thank you so much for all of your inspiration it was a honor to haved served with you. May the road rise up to meet you, the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain softly fall upon your fields, and until we meet again may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. I will never forget you or that day."
Ret. Sgt Matthew Pennington of Texas/Maine

"You were a good man and are missed. The guys from APO honored you by flying an American Flag in your name over a FOB. The GWOT still goes on as does everyone's amazing memories of how you affected their lives in only positive ways."

"To the family of:Ricky L. Crockett
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 served with SGT Crockett back in the early 90's at Ft Bragg. Learning of his passing I was reminded of something CSM Kermit Short once said: "being in the military hasn't always been a popular profession, but it has always been an honorable one..", you will be remembered Ricky..."
Tim Howard of New Hartford, CT

"Today is the 5th Anniversary of Ricky's Passing. You are missed."
R. Arnold of Atlanta/GA

"I had the honor of serving in D/51st with SFC Crockett he was a very good man. I remember having some rough times in Iraq, and he would always tell me "tomorrow will be another day". You are missed. I know you are in heaven smiling down at us as you always did."
Colen Williams Ortiz of Fort Gordon, GA

"I had the honor to serve with this humble man while assigned to D Co 51 SIG BN. I was at Camp Marlboro so we did not see each other everyday but upon meeting we would converse and exchange views. I think of SSG Crockett often and always remember him with a smile. SSG Crockett will never be forgotten."
SFC Suazo of Wiesbaden, Germany

"I lived in Broxton when I was young and moved away when I was in The 6th grade so it has been a very long time. One of the people I do remember growing up was Ricky. Then I read about his death and it just hit me about how short life is. There are only a few people I remember from back then but he is one I have never forgotten so that should say how special he is. I have been in the army for 15 years but never was lucky enough to meet up with Ricky, I wish I did. God bless his family."
wes fuller of Ft. Riley, Kansas

"To the family of Ricky Crockett,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SSG Ricky Crockett will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Crockett:
Ricky 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

"I was with SSG Crockett that day, rounding the on ramp where the IED was detonated. I think about that day often,and can only think of the family and friends he left behind. I wish the best for the friends and family of SSG Crockett. I did not personally know him but my gun truck crew were one of the last people he saw. God bless and just know that he is watching over us all."
SGT Zach Davidson of Fort Lewis WA

"I was assigned to D/51st at the time. God bless SFC Crockett's family and I hope time has been kind to you. He will never be forgotten."
Tyshawn Hester of Ft. Rucker, AL

SSG (Ret) William Bowdoin of Brandon, Florida

"I served with SSG Crockett in the 514th Signal Company. You will be missed but never forgotten....You kept the Humvee's running and a smile on your face. Rest in Peace Brother you are missed."
Rob Arnold of Atlanta, GA

"I remember that day and will every year. God's truck must have broken down because I know SSG Crockett couldn't let anyone down."
SSG Moore (D/51st) of Fayetteville, NC

"I'm deeply saddened still at the loss of SFC Crockett. I served in SEN platoon on the same deployment as SFC Crockett. I remember helping with the computers in the orderly room back at Bragg. SFC Crockett never said much to me but always was friendly to the lower enlisted. He would always greet me with a smile on my visits. My deepest condolences go out to his family and you will all be in my prayers."
SPC Michael Cook of Dallas, TX

"I served with SSG Crocket at Camp Dragoon, Baghdad. I left Iraq in Novemebr 2003 to retire from the Army. I told SSG Crocket it is better to retire an SSG than six feet under. I remember calling some friends in Iraq and hearing the bad news. I just wish I could have shook him and made him come home, however, this was his destiny. May god bless his family and friends."
Richard Flanders of Fort Polk

"Dear Family of Ricky Crockett,
To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.AtlantaFineArtsLeague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Lisa Gleim of Marietta, GA

"I will never forget the day that SFC Crockett was reported as KIA. I saw him that morning right before that convoy left and as usual he had the brightest smile that made everyone love him. I was on my way to a class and he told me SPC Pennington I'll see you after class not knowing that God was going to call him home. I pray that God will continue to keep his family and all families that have lost loved ones in this war."
SGT Destiny Jeffries of USANATO Brunssum, The Netherlands

"I was SFC Crokett's 1SG and also in the vehicle with him when this tragic incident happened. Me and SFC Crockett use to sit in our make shift day room every morning getting the updates from CNN.I used to take my only break on Sunday's from traveling the roads of Baghdad, but when he came to my room on Saturday and asked to use my vehicle, I asked where he was going and he stated to the RSS to fill up our tanker. I told him I would go with him. The memories of that moment are still with me and will be for the rest of my life. This was a soldier that everyone loved and as stated by all, touched the lives of a lot of people. My prayers go out to his wife and daughter for I know first hand that you lost a great person.
May God continue to bless and keep you and I know he made you proud doing what he loved, and he was one of the best at it. There was a bridge named in honor of (SFC Crockett) in his hometown of Georgia. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
Vincent B. Edwards 1SG (Retired) of Fayetteville, N.C 28301

"This message is for a friend whom I never got to say goodbye to. SFC Crocket, you will be missed and I appreciate the laughs we had as we prepared those Mad Dawgs of SEN Platoon to go forward into Iraq. Let it be known that you are thought about everyday and tears do still fall. I wish your family well and proudly say, I'm glad to have known and served with you. Goodbye, friend."
SFC Mark A. Ramsey of Heidelberg, GE

"As PLT Leader with 51st SIG in preparation for OIF I, I came to know SFC Crocket very well in the motor pool at Ft Bragg. He prepared my vehicles to perfection for the challenge we would soon face in unforgiving terrain and heat. My fondest memory is myself and Ricky under the engine of one of my trucks, I remember asking him, "Why does this CV boot leak so *%#@&!*$ much!?"...he calmly replied with that unforgettable smile, "Sir, don't worry, she won't let you down". From that moment I knew my vehicles, my soldiers and myself were in good hands with SFC Crocket turning the wrench! SFC Crocket always had time for you, no matter how busy, he always had time. God bless you Ricky, you were truly a godsend, thanks for being there. RIP "Delta DAWGS" always."
CPT Gomez, David L. of 35th SS BN S6, U.S Army DEPOT COMMAND, Camp Zama JAPAN

"SFC Ricly L. Crocket you will be sorely missed. I served with SFC Crockett in Iraq when he died and it was one of the toughest things to deal with in such an environment. I spoke to SFC Crockett the morning he died and he looked a little under the weather that day. I offered to go on the convoy instead of him. He smiled at me and said that he still has to do his job but thanked me for asking. I wish I had gone. I think about that moment often and wonder why him. The only answer that I could come up with is this: they say when you die you have served the purpose God had for you so it's time to go home. When I read the emails and think of how that BIG smile effected so many lives, the question in my mind slowly disappears because I know I need a little more time to have that type of an effect on the people around me. SFC Crockett, thank you for leading the way in so many times that were needed. Gods speed. To your beautiful wife and daughter: you were the closest to SFC Crockett and you got to see that smile more often than we did. May you be blessed with the understanding of what this man brought to so many lives and may you be strengthened for lifes future endeavers. God Bless You.

SSG Charles Cephas, Jr.
58th SIG BN, Okinawa, Japan"
Charles Cephas, Jr. of Okinawa, Japan

"I was an active duty soldier for 12 years and I am now in the Army National Guard as a Warrant Officer in the Ordnance Corp. During that entire time I was never deployed anywhere in "Harm's Way". I always felt as if I never did enough, as if I didn't truly deserve the appreciation of the people who came to thank me for being a soldier and defending their freedom. I realize we all take a part in completing the bigger mission, but it just isn't the same. I saw Ricky's bracelet in a Ranger Joe's store and felt the need to show respect for those gone. I have had it on for 2 years and have never once removed it. I look at it everyday and think "right now, someone else is out there in pain, sadness, near death and I want to remember that they are there while we are here. I wear it to remind others about the many service members who are still in the Middle East and Afghanistan. I remember Ricky everyday and he reaches a part of my soul that helps me to remember how important life, family, and the right to choose the way you want to live is. God Bless him and every servicemember out there trying to "do the right thing". B CO 113th SPT BN, 76th IB, Indiana National Guard."
Belinda Lang of Bloomfield, Indiana USA

"I am another Georgia mom of Sgt Pat Tainsh, KIA Baghdad 2/11/04 and seek to connect with parents or other family of this brave hero from Georgia. May peace find its place in your hearts. my contact info: heartofahawk@msn.com / www.heartofahawk.com"
Deborah Tainsh of Midland, Ga

"To the Family, Friends and Soldiers who served with him: SFC Ricky Crockett was one of the most amazing men I have worked with. I was the Commander of D Co, 51st when Ricky was killed in action. There are no words to explain how tragic a loss this was to me and the soldiers of D Company, not to mention the impact that it had on the rest of the Battalion and Brigade. Ricky was well known throughout the brigade as he had touched so many people. Everyone remembers him best through his smile and kindness. It didn’t matter what kind of day I was having, Ricky was able to brighten my day just as he did for everyone that met him. He was also one of the best mechanics you will ever find. I had over 70 vehicles in the company and because of the legacy he left behind, my entire company made the convoy from Baghdad to Kuwait without one single breakdown. Anyone who knows anything about large convoys in temperatures reaching in excess of 140 degrees F knows that this is a remarkable accomplishment to say the least.

I would like to point out that Ricky Crockett was promoted to Sergeant First Class (SFC) shortly after he passed away. He was a true leader of soldiers and one of the Army’s finest. My prayers go out to all who knew him especially his wife and daughter. As difficult as it was for me to deal with the loss, I can only imagine what his family has had to endure. God Bless!!"
Aaron Banner of Washington, DC

"I served with SSG Crockett in Korea. SSG Crocket always had a smile on his face- a smile that would make those lonely days in Korea go away. He was the Motor Sergeant in A Co 702nd MSB. He would often go out of his way to make sure our trucks were ready to complete our mission in Korea. He is surely missed by everyone who knew him. I know he is in heaven smiling right now. May he rest in peace."
SFC West of Fayetteville, NC

"I must say that I used to work with Sgt. Crockett in 514th Signal Company and he would always have a smile. And trust me, with some of the drama that went on in the 514th it would be pretty hard to be that upbeat. He was though. He was an amazing person one who we could all learn a lot from.

Here's the link.

Michael Washington of Manassas, Virginia

"I must say that I used to work with Sgt. Crockett in 514th Signal Company and he would always have a smile. And trust me, with some of the drama that went on in the 514th it would be pretty hard to be that upbeat. He was though.

Here's the link.

Michael Washington of Manassas, Virginia

"I served with this humble man. He was always a guy to trust, and a man who always was for integrity; with out a question."
Rob Cross of Satellitte Beach Fl. USA.

"I served with SSG Crockett in the 514th. Although we were in different platoons, he helped me countless times when he didn't have to and always with a smile. Thank you SSG Crockett for giving me a great example to follow. You and your kindness and generosity will be missed greatly."
Chris Allison of San Antonio, TX

"I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I am from Willacoochee,GA and just retired from the Army."
Kenneth L. Johnson of Fort Belvoir, VA

"I got to know SSG Crockett well over our year together in D/51st, and I got to learn more about him on our convoy from Kuwait to Baghdad. He was the Motor Sergeant in the company to which I was also assigned as the Executive Officer and the Motor Officr. Not only was he an outstanding NCO, leader, and soldier, he was a friend and a mentor to everyone. No matter the situation, he always had a smile and a positive attitude that was contagious. His soldiers looked up to him. His peers looked up to him. His leadership looked up to him. He was truly an amazing soldier and an incredible person. My deepest sympathies go out to his family for the loss of this amazing person and truly great American. God Bless you and your family, SSG Crockett. You will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you."
CPT Laurie Straube of Fort Bragg, NC

"I worked with SSG Crockett while i was in the 51st Signal Battalion. The man never had a bad thing to say about anyone and was willing to help you no matter what the situation was. A great soldier and a wonderful person. Thank you SSG Crockett. You will be missed by everyone you touched."
SGT Hummel of Cp Carroll, Korea

"the death of ssg crockett hit me hard. because it seem like so many good people leave to soon. and when it's someone you know it adds an empty space in your life. i worked for big sgt. and i'm not even a 63 b. but he teach me things as a mechanic so i gained the up hand on my fellow soldiers. when it came to the humvees. and now i'm going to finished what he started by going to school to became a mechanic. he was a man with a smile you could never miss. the heart he had was a golden one. because he was alway willing to help his fellow man. i thank you for the knowledge you passed on to me. a salute to a man of true honor and grace to his family, friends and his country. i shall alway miss him and see him as a father figure. Lord i ask that you watch over his family. one day i will join you in the Lord's army."
spc. young (d co 51 sig) of Ft.Bragg,NC

"Ssg. Crockett. Although I hardly knew you. You were an insperastion to me. I always rember you with a smile on your face and you were always helpful. Thank you so much for everything. Rest in peace."

"I served with sergeant Crockett in the 514th Signal Company. Though in different platoons I had the oppurtunity to work Sgt Crockett alot. Everyone had to work with Sgt Crockett, he kept the Humvees running. When I remember his face I can't think of it with anything but a smile on it. He was always in a cheerful mood, always smiling, and always there to help, often well past final formation. I am truly saddened to learn of this. My thoughts and my prayers go out to his family."
Woodie Westbrook of Dothan, Al

"I will always miss SSG Crockett. I served with him while in baghdad, he was my motor sgt in the unit. I was in kuwait waiting to go back to iraq from leave when he passed away, i remembered how heartbreaking it was when i learned of his death when i got back into iraq. I will always miss the time when we would be doing PT in iraq and i would always challenge him to a race (i would win though but he's fast for being 15 years older than me)so that i can wear him out and release us from pt cause he was to tired to continue with pt. I remember him always trying to lead me in the right direction and always lending a hand whenever i need it. He will always be miss and god bless his family."
SPC Pang (separated) of Brooklyn, ny

"My name is Bobbie Greer and I usedto live in Broxton Ga. I am looking for ANYONE that served with my father in Korea, his name was Benijam Jack Mortner and he was killed July 27 1950 he was in the Army and was a cpl"
Bobbie Greer of Corpus Christi, Tx.

"My name is Bobbie Greer and I usedto live in Broxton Ga. I am looking for ANYONE that served with my father in Korea, his name was Benijam Jack Mortner and he was killed July 27 1950 he was in the Army and was a cpl"
Bobbie Greer of Corpus Christi, Tx.

"Just yesterday, I was looking at an old Army Times dated 31 May 04. This particular issue was a tribute to the most recent fallen soldiers. As I was looking at the faces, this beautiful and familiar smile caught my attention. To clarify that I knew the person I read the name and it confirmed, it was SSG Crockett. I served with SSG Crockett in Hawaii. I was the Commo Specialist and we worked in the same office side by side everyday. I knew SSG Crockett's wife as she was also stationed at Schofield. At the time I knew them, they had a beautiful daughter. His wife made the best red velvet cake in the world and he would always bring some to work when she made it. As stated in other articles, everyone loved SSG Crockett. He was a very friendly and spiritual person. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and soldiers.
May God Bless the Crockett Family"
Lt LaShell (Peters) Davis of Al Taji, Iraq

"sgt crockett always gave me good advice he always talked about family and friends i really apreciated the guidance and love he showed me when i was in the 514th. Thank you Crockett family and friends for making ricky what he was as a man. it is greatly appreciated . thank you SPC Compton, shane 91-98 514th signal company"
shane compton of 8075 s. palmer road new carlisle, ohio 45344

"My deepest sympathy to the Crockett family. I served w/SSG Crockett in B/51st (my first duty station) and was fortunate to run into him at the store on Fort Bragg. We chatted really briefly and he asked if I remembered anyone and he gave me updates of those that were still around. He was a great guy and a great soldier. My prayers are with you."
SFC Pearson of Fort Bragg, NC

"My deepest sympathy to the Crockett family. I was very fortunate to have been stationed with the Crockett's in Hawaii and Fort Bragg and with his beautiful wife in Korea. Ricky had many friends, a beautiful SMILE that would brighten any day. His spirit of giving and caring about others more than himself was unsurpassed. His wonderful loving spirit touched everyone who ever crossed his path. I will never forget the fun filled BLACKSHEEP mornings in the MP with the gang. Mrs. Crockett your husband spoke very highly of you. I always remember the day he told us that on your first date you paid for the meal...he told that story with the biggest smile. YOU where the RIB of his BACKBONE. Maggie he is in Heaven smile down on you and your beautiful daughter. My prayers goes out to you and the rest of the family. RICKY----we will meet again in paradise FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. John 3:16"
Sgt Afflick, Jacquline of Fort Campbell, KY

"To the Crockett Family,
I was stationed with Ricky in Baghdad, Iraq. I always saw him on Weds morning as he would attend the Maint Meeting on Camp Muleskinner. He always had a smile. The last time I saw Ricky, he was coming from chow, we passed each other, and gave a greeting, and you guessed it: That big smile came next. May God continue to bless all of the family and friends of SSG Crockett."
CSM Vera F. Harris of Al Kut, Iraq

"My prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Crockett. I worked with him in the 514th signal company in Ft. Bragg, N.C. He was always honest and kind. Being in such a rough and tough Army it was amazing that Sgt. Crockett never said a bad word. My prayers go out to Sgt. Crockett and his family. Sgt. Crockett was a brave man and I am very proud to have known him and served with him."
Spc. Barrientos of Simi Valley, CA

"Ricky and his wife are both friends of mine. I was fortune enough to be stationed with both of them at Hunter, AAF Ga and again in Hawaii. I will never forget those good conversations we shared on guard duty at the National Training Center, Nor the memories we shared during the 1ST Gulf War. Ricky is not only a Hero, He was a true combat VET. One article said he had no enemies, That was true. His smile could britten the worse days. So to the family I know my partner is smiling down on us.

Victory! To my friends Crockett and Reese"
SFC(RET) James Calhoun of Enterprise, AL

"Sergeant Crockett, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the Crockett Family, we Ricky's Army family grieve with you. Your son was a special person and a joy to serve with. I remember most SSG Crockett's ready smile and his steady patience while training and caring for younger soldiers. As Ricky's commander when he served with the 514th, I saw almost daily the difference he made in our unit readiness and our ability to do our mission. He never complained and could always be counted on. Thank you for sharing him with us, may God sustain you in this time and help you find peace."
MAJ Victoria Miralda of Washington D.C.

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Ricky, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"SSG Crockett always had a smile on his face; he always greeted people he met with a smile; he helped everyone he knew; i am proud he served our country so well;"
SSG Thompson of Tallil, Iraq

"To the family of SSG Crockett.. SSG Crockett was like a big brother to me. While I served in Iraq, I would always call him if I needed someone to talk to. He was also my company motor sergeant while assigned to A Co 51st Signal Battalion.. SSG Crockett was ONE of the few NCO's that shows the younger NCO's such as myself..the right path to take.. TO MY FALLEN HERO...MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL AND HIS FAMILY.."

"Dear Honored Family. I served with Ricky at Ft. Bragg, in the 514th. I remember him as a guy smiling, working hard and getting it done. He will always be remembered. We who have served with him will always miss him. Always remember, HE LIVED WELL!!"
Ray Shane of Garden Grove, CA

"To The Family of Staff Sgt. Crockett:
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of this great hero. He will be with you always and what he's given to the rest of us will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless!!""
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Dear Crockett family, It is with our deepest sympathy that we extend this message to you. Our hearts are crying with you as well. Our son, Curt, was in the vehicle with Ricky. On behalf of all the Grether family, Curt and the rest of the unit we send an international hug. You are on our hearts and in our prayers. God be with you, to comfort you and fill your heart with peace."
Gigi Grether of Lewis Center, OH

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness and loss. Thanks to Ricky for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless your family! We Will NEVER FORGET!""
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"I am so very sorry for the loss of Ricky L. Crockett. I pray that the Lord brings comfort & peace to his family & friends."
C. Zentz of Bealeton Virginia

"To the family and friends of Staff Sergeant Ricky L. Crockett I offer my sincerest condolences. I know all too well the shock and grief that follows the seemingly untimely death of one we are so proud of. My son, Command Sergeant Major Eric F. Cooke, 1st BDE;, 1st AD, was killed Christmas Eve evening in Baghdad. There simply are no words that express the depth of ones loss in such situations. But I know you share with me the gratitude for our warriors that continue to fulfill their oath to provide for and protect our country and us. No greater love is there than to be willing to lay ones life down for the sake of others. For Ricky to have reached the rank of Staff Sergeant I know he was a devoted soldier who volunteered again and again to do this selfless duty. My son told me, not long before his death, “Mom, terrorist are terrorist and if we do not stop them on their doorstep it will be our doorstep they are attacking, again.” I am determined to support our troops in any way I can, maybe even a little more so now that I have an investment in every one of our troops that pays the ultimate price for their courage and integrity. I pray for your healing and loving memories of Ricky."
Mrs. Georgia F. Cooke of Molalla, Oregon

"May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
Judy McClain of Rockaway, NJ

"To the family of Ricky L. Crockett, My heart is saddened by your loss. May God give you strength and peace through your time of loss. Thank you Ricky, you will not be forgotten!"
Maureen Ledet of San Angelo, Texas

"Thank you Ricky Crockett, 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 Staff Sgt. Ricky Crockett:
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 Ricky 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 Staff Sgt. Ricky Crockett:
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 Ricky, 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