Com­mu­nity honors fallen Green Beret

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CHURCH HILL — De­part­ing from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and pass­ing through Queen Anne’s County early Tues­day morn­ing were law en­force­ment of­fi­cers es­cort­ing a sol­dier killed in bat­tle. As the group made its way off Mary­land Route 19 and onto US 301, Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents lined up along the high­way wav­ing flags.

About 100 yards down the road from the spec­ta­tors pay­ing trib­ute to the sac­ri­fice of Special Forces Sgt. First Class Ryan Gloyer were fire trucks from

Church Hill and Good­will vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies.

Parked on the out­side lanes, the trucks’ lad­ders joined above the high­way form­ing an arch­way by hang­ing an Amer­i­can flag over the pass­ing ve­hi­cles.

On down the road, at the Route 213 over­pass, the Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany dis­played an­other large flag over the high­way, and more peo­ple gath­ered to honor the pass­ing car­a­van.

Gloyer, who will be laid to rest at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery in Vir­ginia, was killed in ac­tion on Nov. 3 while serv­ing in Kun­duz, Afghanistan, sup­port­ing Op­er­a­tion Free­dom’s Sen­tinel, the Depart­ment of De­fense said in a state­ment.

The sol­diers came un­der fire dur­ing a “train, ad­vise and as­sist mis­sion” with Afghan troops, De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter said in a state­ment. The sol­diers were work­ing to clear a Tal­iban po­si­tion and dis­rupt the group’s op­er­a­tions in Kun­duz dis­trict.

Gloyer, 34, from Greenville, Pa., was as­signed to Com­pany B, 2nd Bat­tal­ion, 10th Special Forces Group (Air­borne) sta­tioned at Fort Car­son, Col., the Depart­ment of De­fense said.

A Special Forces com­mu­ni­ca­tions sergeant, Gloyer had de­ployed three times to Afghanistan and once to the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo, ac­cord­ing to the Army Times.

Gloyer’s awards and dec­o­ra­tions in­clude the Bronze Star with V de­vice, Bronze Star, Pur­ple Heart, two Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medals, two Army Com­men­da­tion Medals, the Afghanistan Cam­paign Medal with Cam­paign Star, the Com­bat In­fantry­man Badge, the Ex­pert In­fantry­man Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Ranger tab and the Special Forces tab.

He is sur­vived by his par­ents, Richard and Lurene Gloyer; brothers, Matthew and Justin; step sib­lings, Michael LaButis and Re­becca LaButis; and fi­ancé, Sierra Day. His mother Lurene “Re­nie” (Wal­lace) Gloyer is orig­i­nally from Queen Anne’s County and a 1971 grad­u­ate of Queen Anne’s County High School.

Gloyer’s ser­vices were held Wed­nes­day, Nov. 30, at Fort Myer Memo­rial Chapel, 101 McNair Road, Fort Myer, Va. Burial with full mil­i­tary honors fol­lowed ser vices in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­ter y.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Green Beret Foun­da­tion, 14402 Blanco Road, Suite 101, San An­to­nio, TX 78216, www. green­beretfoun­da­tion.org.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Com­mu­nity mem­bers gather along US 301 at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mary­land Route 19 as an es­cort car­ry­ing Sgt. First Class Ryan Gloyer to Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery in Vir­ginia. Gloyer was killed in ac­tion on Nov. 3 in Afghanistan.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

The Church Hill and Good­will vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies raise a gi­ant flag for an Army es­cort to pass un­der on Tues­day, Nov. 29, that was car­ry­ing Sgt. First Class Ryan Gloyer, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan.

SGT. FIRST CLASS RYAN GLOYER

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