Died March 18, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
On his second tour of duty in Iraq, SGT Green was severely injured on March 15, 2007 when an IED detonated near his unit while on combat patrol in Baghdad. He was flown to Landstuhl, Germany, where he died from his injuries on March 18, 2007. Others from his unit who were killed during the explosion on March 15th were Staff Sgt. Blake Harris, Staff Sgt. Terry Prater and Sgt. Emerson Brand.
The day after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Ryan immediately took a stand to protect his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army. But before he signed the papers, he sought his mother’s approval. “Not because he was too young to join, but because he wanted to make sure that I was okay with that,” she said. “What he didn’t know was that when I heard about 9/11, I already knew that was exactly what he was going to do.”
Ryan had always been patriotic, his parents said. “God, country, and family. Those are the three words we instilled in him,” said his stepfather, Craig Kagan, who also served in the Army during Vietnam. “He believed so much in our country that he displayed his pride with the words “FREEDOM” tattooed across his back, shoulder to shoulder.”
SGT Ryan P. Green was 24 years old from Conroe, Texas
Original portrait was presented June 27, 2009 to Ryan’s mother and extended family during an annual memorial event held in honor of Ryan in Red Oak, Texas.