Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CW2 Ruel M. Garcia

34, of Wahiawa, Hawaii.
Garcia died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his AH64D (Apache) helicoptor was shot down while conducting aerial patrols. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment (Attack), Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 16, 2006.

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"To the family of:Ruel M. Garcia
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""

"Thank you very much for all the people who cares a lot for our friend and classmate here in the Philippines.We all have the same good memory of CW2 Ruel Garcia,simply Ruel..i just got the information from my other classmates just only last Sunday July 29,2012 and not knowing he join the the army.6 years has past and the only picture i got on the web is already an army,a smiling pilot in his helicopter."
Dennis Martino of Philippines

"Remembering your sacrifice on this anniversary.
-Alison Celis
Former Flight Surgeon 1-4 AVN"
Alison Celis of Escondido, CA

"To the Family and Friends of Ruel Garcia,
First, I want to offer my condolences on the loss of Ruel. He was a true American Hero and his service to our country will not be forgotten.
I am trying very hard to reach some member of Ruel's family - either his wife Amapola or his grandfather Nick Garcia of Hawaii.
I represent an organization called Home of the Brave Quilts Project. it is our goal to give a homemade quilt to the family of every service member who has died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A letter I wrote to his wife at a Texas address was returned "Not Able to Forward" and I cannot locate his grandfather.
We have quilts made for both Ruels's wife and grandfather. If anyone out there can help me locate either of these two relatives, I would be very grateful.
Please write to me at this e-mail dawnkucera@mac.com, or if you can,
call me at 808-677-9709 in Hawaii.

thank you and Aloha, Dawn Kucera"
Dawn Kucera of Waipahu, HI

"January 10, 2009
To the family of CW2 Ruel M. Garcia:
Ruel 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 never had the honor of meeting Ruel, but I am currently in flight school & wear his bracelet. its a reminder to me of the sacrifice those before me have given & that there is nothing more honorable than giving everything you have to something you have passion for."
WO1 Natasha Wortman of Ft. Rucker, AL

"Mr. Garcia.... Sir you welcomed me to the company. You shared our sad times and good. You also always cared about how we as a whole were feeling. All of us from B.co 1-4 avn regt, Were in deep sadness when we learn of your passing...We miss the hell outa you. And not a day goes by where you are not thought of. Ill send this toast to you and your family. And the promise that you and Mr kenyan will never be forgoten."
Spc Tirado of Miami Fl

"Ruel, you were a good friend, and a mentor. These skies are a lot lonelier without you, sir. You will sorely be missed."
MSGT Mark Andrew Tan of Philippine Air Force (Reserve)

"CW2 Garcia,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and your co-pilot for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"On August 26, 2006, we will dedicate a memorial at Punchbowl Cemetery and your name will appear on our program as one whose sacrifice gives us the duty and the priviledge to carry on your legacy of freedom and liberty. Mahalo from Oahu Chapter 858, Vietnam Veterans of America."
Luis Parker of Ewa Beach, HI

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

"Thank you Ruel Garcia, 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 CW2 Ruel Garcia:
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 Ruel 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 CW2 Ruel Garcia:
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 Ruel, 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