Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ronald W. Gebur

23, of Delavan, Illinois.
Gebur died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 13, 2006.

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"To the family of:Ronald W. Gebur
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""

"You are my HERO!"
SFC Tony Hodge of Bloomington, IL

"Hey buddy, I served with you, I was your team leader for most of the time, you were and always will be a great Soldier in my mind. I know that you are now in a better place buddy, I will always have you in my heart brother, thank you for serving your country."
Reyes, Ignacio of Camp Casey, Korea

"Hey Ron. This is Cpl John, we served together in Bco in OIF with SFC perez and you were my teamleader. I miss you man. I remember how much u loved ripits cigs ur new boren baby and wife along with my psp lol i love you bro"
John, Chris of rocklin, CA


Man I miss you so much that I don't even know where to start. First, I have to say to you that I'm sorry for letting our friendship go before you joined the forces. It was absolutely my fault, though I know you would never assign fault to me for it. I guess you just grew up a little faster than I did, and such circumstances often dictate that people go their own direction. If only I would have been where I am now back then. I wasn't though, and that's a shame for me, as I missed out on your friendship as well as meeting your wife and son.
Either way brother, I'll always keep those memories of us in junior high and then teenagers close to me. We were pretty crazy in those days. While we grew up and moved on from all the crap we often got ourselves into, the memories of good times and having one of the best friends I've ever had in my entire life will always be with me. I think of you often, and will always wish the best for your family."
James of East Peoria, IL

"January 12, 2009
To the family of Spc. Ronald W. Gebur:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"SPC Gebur...although we never met, I was 100 meters from you when you died. Your name has stuck in my mind since that day in Al-Maskar. Rest in peace, my brother."
SFC E. Francis of Baghdad, IZ

"Hey Ron, i just wanted to say hi to my main man, it has been a year and i know the wound has not healed yet, i don't think it will ever fully heal. beth and little gage gebur are doing really good jess is taking good care of them Gage is just like you i don't think the world is ready for another Ron we are still getting over the loss of the first Ron. I love you and always will, it has been hard even a year after to get up and not be able to mark the calandar to count until you come home. one year with out you felt like 20 years it drug on and on cause you weren't here to make it worth living. well you are in your real home now someday we will come join you in paradise!!! I love you and Miss you soooo much i will never forget you!!!!
love "Boss" do you remember that nickname for me you made it up"
Kate aka Boss of IL

"To the Family of SPC Ronald Gebur:
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 Ron'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

"RONALD, All i ask is to watch over your cousin has she finishs what you started. you will be missed brother in arms, but you seen enough evil on this earth, that is why you a soldier was called home. i'll take care of her."
SGT Stacey Masters (Brown of IRAQ

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

"To the Gebur Family:
Today is Memorial Day, and as I attended the ceremony at Springdale Cemetery in Peoria yesterday, I thought of Ron, and said a prayer of gratitude that there are so many courageous men and women who are willing to stand for Freedom, knowing that their own lives are at stake.
My son will soon be returning to Iraq for the 3rd time, and once again I will face my fears for his safety on a daily (hourly) basis.
God Bless all of our troops as they sacrifice so much for those of us here at home. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Becky Rollings of Groveland, Illinois 5/29/06

"Ron your are a man who will not be forgotten. Your smile will shine on forever"
Brandon K. Marmion of Christiana, Tn

"Thank you Ronald Gebur, 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. Ronald Gebur:
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 Spc. Ronald Gebur:
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