Spc. Ryan Garbs|
Spc. Ryan C. Garbs, 20, of Edwardsville, Ill, was mortally injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan while executing operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.
He was born Oct. 17, 1986, in Maryville, Ill., the son of Douglas and Jill Anne, nee Burkard, Garbs, of Edwardsville, Ill., his sister, Melanie (Staff Sgt. Matthew USAF) Neely of Fairfield, Calif.; his paternal grandfather, Lawrence Garbs of Edwardsville, Ill.; his paternal grandmother, Geneva "Jean" Garbs of Edwardsville, Ill.; his maternal grandmother, Vera M. Burkard of Springfield, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, A.A. "Bill" Burkard.
Ryan was a member of Glen Carbon New Bethel United Methodist Church. After graduating from Edwardsville High School in 2005, Spc. Garbs entered the U.S. Army. He completed basic training and advanced individual training in the military occupational specialty of Infantryman at Fort Benning, Ga. He continued his military training and graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne School in February, 2006. Following graduation from the Ranger Indoctrination Program, he was assigned to 1st Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in March, 2006.
Spc. Garbs was a two-time veteran of the Global War on Terrorism deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Assigned to 3rd Battalion he served as a grenadier and rifleman. His awards and decorations include the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Parachutist Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorius Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal, and was promoted from Private 1st Class to Specialist.
As a Ranger, Spc. Garbs distinguished himself as a member of the Army's premier ligh infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism and fought valiantly to "uphold the prestige, honor, and high 'espirit de corp' of the Ranger Regiment.
Memorials may be made to Special Operations Warrior Foundation or to the Metro East Humane Society.
Visitation: Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home, Edwardsville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill. Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
WEBER & RODNEY FUNERAL HOME, Edwardsville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2007