December 14, 2011

Ronald Wildrick Jr.

Spc. Ronald H. Wildrick Jr., age 30, of Blairstown, New Jersey, died on December 11, 2011, in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Ronald was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

He graduated in 2000 from Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, New Jersey.

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Ronald Wildrick enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 18, 2008, as an infantryman. This was his first overseas deployment. Prior to deploying to Afghanistan, Ron served with the U.S. Army's honor guard in Washington, D.C., which has duties at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington National Cemetery.

Army officials describe Ron as well-liked and a good guy. 

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. Posthumous Awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Ronald is survived by many loving friends and family members including his two young daughters, Kaylee and Leigha, both under the age of 10, and his ex-wife, Stephanie Kasper, who describes Ron as a hero. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Ronald Wildrick Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

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