My Hero!Posted on 5/30/16I love you so much Uncle Gary!! I'm so sad that we never had the chance to meet but I know that you were a great man and I thank you for your ultimate sacrifice for not only my freedom but every American! You are my hero!! Fly high! Until we get to meet you will always be in my heart! I love you!MORE
MY BROTHER GARY RYDENPosted on 10/11/15 - by KRIS RYDEN HOWARD KHOWARD55@YAHOO.COMGARY WAS THE ONLY SON FOR MY PARENTS GLADYS AND ARDEAN RYDEN, HE WAS KILLED 3 DAYS AFTER HIS 22ND BIRTHDAY. HE RECEIVED A BIRTHDAY CAKE IN VIETNAM BEFOR HE WAS KILLED. TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE POSTED THEIR REMEMBERANCES OF GARY THANK YOU FROM THE RYDEN FAMILY. YOUR WORDS ABOUT MY BROTHER CONFIRMED THAT HE WAS WELL RESPECTED BY FELLOW SOLDIERS WHO SERVED WITH HIM IN NAM. ONE YOUNG MAN SAID HE CAN'T WAIT TO SHAKE THE HAND OF THE MAN WHO SAVED HIS FATHERS LIFE SO WHEN HE GOES TO HEAVEN HE WILL BE LOOKING FOR GARY. GOD BLESS YOU FOR REMEMBERING MY BROTHERS SACRIFICE FOR HIS FELLOW MAN. GARY DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO NAM BUT FELT IT WAS HIS DUTY AND HONOR TO GO AFTER CONSIDERING DODGING THE DRAFT AND POSSIBLY LEAVING AMERICA TO GO TO CANADA. MY BROTHERS LIFE WAS SHORT BUT HE PACKED IN AS MUCH LIFE AS HE COULD IN HIS SHORT 22 YRS ON EARTH. PLEASE THANK RETURNING VETS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND HELP IF YOU CAN TO GIVE A JOB OR HELP OUT WITH THE HOMELESS VETS YOU SEE BEGGING FOR HELP ON THE STREETS OF AMERICA. GOD BLESS ALL WHO READ THESE WORDS AND KEEP THE FAITH. SINCERELY KRIS RYDEN HOWARDMORE
To a wonderful young classmatePosted on 4/14/14 - by Cheryl Hatch DrinnonYou were always known as being happy and funny and an all around great guy by everyone at Waterford High. Who could forget your great smile and personality bigger than life. God Bless you for your sacrifice.MORE
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 11/22/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear PFC Gary Ardean Ryden, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
We RememberPosted on 12/19/09 - by Robert Sage email@example.comGary is buried at Perry Mount Park Cemetery in Pontiac, MI. PH
The Wall of Faces
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