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Sgt. Ryan David Sharp

September 7, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp.

Ryan, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, suffered life threatening wounds in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. Doctors on hand placed him in a medically induced coma and transferred him to a hospital in Germany. Sadly, Ryan did not survive his wounds and died on December 3rd, 2011. He was 28.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas.

Ryan was born January 4th, 1983, in Idaho Falls to David and Lynette Sharp. He had two brothers, Michael and Matthew, and two sisters, Michelle and Jennifer. By all accounts, Ryan treasured his family more than life itself, however it was his two daughters, Sarah and Mia, who would change his life.

According to Ryan’s obituary, he grew up on the west side of Idaho Falls and graduated from Skyline High School in 2001.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed baseball, welding and spending time outdoors. He is most fondly remembered for his compassion, his kind heart and his love for his country.

After enlisting in the U.S. Army in October 2002, Ryan proudly served his country on three tours of duty, one in Iraq, and he was currently serving his second tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout his military service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Action Badge, three Overseas Ribbons and three National Defense Service Ribbons.

Today, Ryan lies in rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Idaho Falls. He is remembered by many as a friend, son and brother. We will forever remember him as an American Hero.

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