KIA September 5, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
SPC Ryan McCauley died September 5, 2004 when his patrol was ambushed by enemy forces using small arms fire in Sadr City, Iraq. He was killed just 17 days after returning to combat from a month long leave at home after a one year tour of duty in South Korea.
Ryan joined the Army and graduated from boot camp in June 2003 from Fort Benning, Georgia. “Ryan had such a big, soft, heart. He definitely found his place in the Army. He had such a strong bond with his “brothers” that when returning from Korea, his unit was sent directly to Iraq and he was assigned to another unit (they already had enough tank drivers) he couldn’t wait to join them,” said his mother, Shelli McCauley.
“He was a big teddy bear. He had a lot of friends who really cared about him,” his sister, Tiffany McCauley said. “He didn’t want us to worry about him. He wanted to go to Iraq- he really did- he wanted to fight and fight for our country.”
SPC Ryan M. McCauley was 20 years old from Lewisville, Texas.
Original portrait was presented January 26, 2013 to his parents and family during a special half-time event hosted by SWYPIT and Texas Legends in Frisco, Texas.