Friday, January 4, 2008

I proudly present Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth

The news has been released and more is now known about Staff Sergeant Ryan Maseth. I am sharing Ryan's many awards to show you what a hero he truly is. Ryan was a Green Beret and very decorated for his service in our military. We thank him for his dedicated service to our country and we honor his life as he gave the ultimate sacrifice - his life.
There is no greater gift than a man lay down his life for another.
God bless you Forever
until we meet in heaven
I am copying this from the army's page on Ryan.

As of 4 January 08
Died on Jan. 2, 2008
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Maseth, 24,
died as a result of a nonbattle death accident
on Jan. 2, in Baghdad, Iraq,
while serving with Company D, 1 st Battalion,
5 th Special Forces Group (Airborne).
He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operation Task Force Arabian Peninsula. This was his second deployment to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terror.
Maseth, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, volunteered for military service and enlisted into the Army in June 2001 as an infantryman. In 2007 he earned the coveted “Green Beret.”
Maseth’s military education include; the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course; Warrior Leaders Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Unit Armor Training Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger Course, Air Assault Course, and the Basic Airborne Course.
His awards and decorations include the two Army Accommodation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, Army Superior Unit Award, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Maseth is survived by his mother Cheryl A. Harris, of Cranberry Township;
father, Douglas, and brothers,’ Brandon and Adam, all of Allison Park, Pa.

Our family has known Ryan's family for years. Our hearts break with theirs at the death of Ryan. We know all too well the pain of such a loss. My younger brother Tommy Dolby died in 1990.
This is our memorial tribute to him by our dear friend Maria Faller:
Our angel Tommy:
I also lost a son, so I know what Cheryl is feeling right now, though I barely got to know my son, as he was stillborn, fullterm. Here is my page for my baby boy, Tanner Jason Tobac
Tanner the Elephant Angel:
We will be here for them for the long journey of grief that is only now beginning for the family.
Please continue to lift them up in your prayers.

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