SSG Ryan E. Haupt

SSG Ryan E. Haupt

SSG. RYAN E. HAUPT

Hometown / City: PHOENIX, AZ
Date of Death: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Conflict: Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq)
Branch: U.S. Army
Unit: HHC, 1ST BATTALION, 68TH ARMOR, FORT CARSON, CO

Birth: Jun. 6, 1982
Death: Oct. 17, 2006, Iraq

Army Staff Sgt. Haupt was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry, Fort Carson, Colorado. Haupt was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle in Baqubah. His sniper team was riding together to protect a convoy traveling between Baquba and Balad when the bomb went off. When Ryan entered the world at almost 12 pounds with long lanky arms and legs, and the bluest of eyes, he caused a sensation. He grew up in Phoenix and turned into an outstanding, tall, happy and fun man. He served in Korea for 18 months before his first tour in Iraq started in December 2005 and which was scheduled to end next month. Ryan was a member of the Army's elite sniper section and was the leader of the three men killed by the IED. He took charge from the beginning and established a strong team. He also knew how to keep his soldiers smiling. From offering a kind word to programming the ringer on his cell phone to replicate the sound of a bodily function, he could brighten up dark times. Ryan had a fascination with sniper gear, including his 50 caliber rifle that was capable of taking down targets more than three miles away. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Ryan leaves behind his wife, Nannette.

Burial:
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
Hillside
Cook County
Illinois, USA

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