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 email@example.comDear 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgGary is buried at Perry Mount Park Cemetery in Pontiac, MI. PH
Michigan Remembers Her Fallen SonsPosted on 4/3/09 MORE
The SmilePosted on 6/28/08 - by Gloria Houck Steinbach email@example.comThe smile tells it all for those who knew Gary. That warm, sweet, mischievious personality.MORE
In the arms of God and forever in the hearts of all who knew him. We miss you dear friend.
Like Ships in the NightPosted on 1/17/03 - by Jaime B. D'Arcy-GarciaGary,MORE
Having known you briefly was indeed a great honor. I was so very sorry to hear of your death. You are with God now. Nos vemos otra vez en las pasturas de cielo. Save a place for me.
Going HomePosted on 11/14/02 - by Dan JordanThe last thing I really remember Gary saying was a few nights before we moved out to Khe Sahn. Gary told us all he wasn't afraid because he knew he was going home. Three nights later I found him mortally wounded after a rocket attack on our company. The bitter irony of his words has stayed with me every moment since.....MORE
Remembering an old friendPosted on 6/1/00 - by Susan MurphyI'm so sorry Gary was lost in Viet Nam. I remember our years with him through grade school and high school. The fun in the summers at Elizabeth Lake Estates. Playing the juke box and dancing in the clubhouse, piling lots of bodies into the phone booth there. The night a car hit him as we walked home from the lake in the dark. Slow dancing in my basement....the parties where we all got our first kisses. He was a cherished childhood friend.MORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.