In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Meet Spc. Jose L. Ruiz, a husky kid from New York, who was killed Monday during a driveby. Today, as you read your news, you might see a mention of Ruiz at the bottom of the page. But let me tell you, he was a great soldier. He belonged to the same squad as T & Mitts, who were killed in November. My prayers are with the Ruiz family... your shy teddy bear will always be remembered.
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oh my gosh, casanova, this just breaks my heart. Thank you for telling us about Ruiz, I don't ever want to forget these guys, either.

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have known Ruiz for about 8 months now. He was sweet, funny and is someone that I will never forget. I didnt know about him until i saw his picture on this website. Thank you.

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At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for remembering a fallen hero. Ruiz served in my son's unit from Ft. Lewis, WA. Tragically for Ruiz's family, the unit is scheduled to complete their Tour of Duty and return to the states in only 5-6 weeks. Ruiz now flies alongside 1Lt Nainoa Hoe (My son's platoon leader who was killed by a sniper shooting from a mosque tower in January. Hoe was handing out election location leaflets to Iraqi civilians) and the other chosen angels who are watching over all our soldiers.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger strykeraunt said...

While it is always real tough to read about another fallen soldier, it is even more heart wrenching when it is so close to the time they would be otherwise coming home. May Spc. Jose L. Ruiz rest in peace. My prayer are also with his family.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

My husband was with him the day he was killed. My husband saw him being carried into the medical station. He was one of my husbands friends...may jose rest in piece. Everyone please pray for his family to get through this hard time. Thanks for the picture! My husband will enjoy it! If you have anymore please post them or email them to me!! Thanks...

At 7:28 PM, Blogger Ladykitana said...

I have the strength to say a few words now:

Jose's last voice mail to me was:

"I want you to know that I love you and have always loved you. You know they ask me here what is my greatest fear, its not the bullets and death that surrounds me. What I fear the most is loosing you. I can't bear to be seperated any longer it hurts and pains me. I need you so desperately every day the bear inside takes over just a little bit more. The bear sleeps deeply when I'm with you. I need you. I need your love. I need your heart. I need your touch. I need your hope. I've never needed you more then ever Alexa. I cant wait to enjoy our family and be together happily in our new home. I miss you and love you with all my heart and soul."

To My Family and Friends: Thank you all for the support you have given me for this has been the greatest loss of my life and I know things happen for a reason and god gives us only what we can handle. I am strong, I am a survivor and I will get through this.

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To: SMinklemeyer - interesting site, especially like the pic in the Mosque - thnz for saying a few words on my husbands behalf HE WAS A GREAT MAN!!!

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