SPC Christopher Shane Wright

Spc. Christopher Shane Wright, 23, was a squad automatic weapon gunner assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was born on Jan. 31, 1987, and was a native of Tollesboro, Ky.

He was seriously wounded in a fire fight with the enemy during a combat operation in Konar Province, Afghanistan. Wright was treated immediately by unit medical personnel and quickly evacuated to the nearest treatment facility where he died of his wounds.

He was on his third deployment in support of the War on Terror. He had previously deployed once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.

After graduating from high school in Tollesboro, Ky, Wright enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 2005. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman. Then after graduating from the Basic Airborne Course, he served as a rifleman assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash., and later was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Armor Calvary Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

In 2009, Wright was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning, Ga. Following graduation from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, he was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in June 2009 where he served as a rifleman and a squad automatic weapons gunner.

Wright’s military education included the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program, and the Sniper Course.

His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with combat star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart.
Wright is survived by his father, James Cochran and stepmother, Michele Cochran of Tollesboro, Ky., and his mother, Linda Dennis of Jeffersonville, Ind.

As a Ranger, Wright selflessly lived his life for others and distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, continuously deployed in support of the War on Terror, and fought valiantly as he served his fellow Rangers and the Nation.

PFC Nathan E. Stahl

Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl, 20, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Wash.

He was killed in action while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on Sept. 21, 2004, during a combat patrol in central Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

A native of Highland, Ind., Stahl enlisted in the Army in June 2003. After completing infantry, airborne and Ranger indoctrination training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to 2nd Bn., 75th Ranger Regt., in January 2004.

Stahl deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom earlier this year.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Towina G. Nightingale and Rodney Nightingale, ofHighland, IN, and by his father and stepmother, Max E. Stahl and Virginia S. Stahl, of Clayton, NC.

As a Ranger, Pfc. Nathan Stahl distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and fought valiantly to “uphold the prestige, honor, and high ‘esprit de corps’” of the Ranger Regiment.

CPL Timothy M. Shea

Cpl. Timothy M. Shea, 22, was an infantryman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.

He was killed in action on Aug. 25, 2005, while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom after an Improvised Explosive Device detonated near his vehicle.

A native of Sonoma, Calif., Shea was born Sept. 13, 1982. He enlisted in the Army Jan. 28, 2003. After completing One Station Unit Training, Airborne School and Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to 3rd Bn. on Aug. 21, 2003.

Shea deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in July 2005. He was a five-time veteran of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, where he served as a rifleman, automatic rifleman, grenadier and machine gun team leader.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal and awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Shea is survived by his parents, William and Mary Shea, also of Sonoma, Calif., and a sister, Sara Shea Frank, of Seattle, Wash.

As a Ranger, Shea distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and fought valiantly to “uphold the prestige, honor, and high ‘esprit de corps’” of the Ranger Regiment.

SGT William P. Rudd

Sgt. William P. Rudd was killed in action on Oct. 5, 2008, when he was hit by enemy fire during combat operations in northern Iraq while serving with Company B, 3 rd Battalion, 75 th Ranger Regiment based at Fort Benning, Ga. He was born Nov. 5, 1980, in Madisonville, Kentucky.

He was wounded in a ground assault raid targeting associates of senior Al Qaeda leader when enemy fighters, some armed with suicide vests, engaged the U.S. forces with small arms fire.

This was Rudd’s eighth deployment in support of the War on Terrorism with two previous deployments to Afghanistan and five to Iraq.

He volunteered and enlisted in the Army on Oct. 2, 2003. After completion of the one station unit training, he volunteered for service as an Army Ranger and completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning. Rudd was assigned to Company B on Aug. 9, 2004, where he served as a rifleman, grenadier, and fire team leader.

Rudd completed numerous military courses while serving in the Army, including the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Indoctrination Program, the Warrior Leaders Course, the Jumpmaster Course, the Master Breacher Course, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.

His awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

Rudd is survived by his father, William E. and stepmother, Barbara Rudd, and step brother, Josh of Madisonville, Ky.; his mother, Pamela Lam and sister, Elizabeth of Nortonville, Ky.

As a Ranger, Rudd distinguished himself as a member of the Army’s premier light infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and fought valiantly to “uphold the prestige, honor and high ‘esprit de corps’” of the Ranger Regiment.

CPT Russell Brian Rippetoe

Captain Russell B. Rippetoe was born July 21, 1975. A native of Colorado he was commissioned into the Army as a Field Artillery officer on August 9, 1999. He died in combat after a civilian vehicle exploded at a Coalition checkpoint 18 km southwest of Hadithah Dam in Iraq.

In April 2002, he was assigned to Company A, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga., where he served as a fire support officer. He was previously assigned to Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg, N. C., where he had served as both a fire direction officer and a fire support officer.

Rippetoe’s military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Basic Airborne Course, and Ranger School.

From October 2001 until January 2002, Rippetoe deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

His awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Ranger Tab and the Parachutist Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor and the Purple Heart.

Rippetoe is survived by his parents, Joe and Rita Rippetoe of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Joe Rippetoe is a retired Army Colonel. He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca, her husband, Tom Kim and their daughter.