Community honors fallen Green Beret
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.
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.
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