This page is our way of giving our contributors a way to honor and remember their loved ones who served and to those that still serve.
Our memories build a special bridge when loved ones are gone to help us feel they are still with us still and sooth a grieving heart. Our memories span the years we shared preserving ties that bind. They build a special bridge of love and bring us piece of mind.
Lest We Forget…
Cpl. Frank R. Gross
Charlie Troop, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment,504th BFSB. Killed in action Afghanistan. July 16, 2011
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins
US Army Ranger, 10.5.1988 – KIA 10.6.2013
Captain Richard G. Cliff Jr.
US Army Green Beret, – KIA 10.29.2008
My dear friend and fellow ASU Cadet and Infantry Officer, Captain Richard G. Cliff Jr. Ritchie was a man of integrity who had a tremendous work ethic but always made us laugh. RIP Brother!
Cliff, 29, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., was killed Sept. 29, 2008 in an explosion in Yakhchal. He was a 2002 graduate of Appalachian State University and was assigned to Fort Bragg.
He wrestled in high school and college and did two tours in Iraq. Before his 2006 deployment ended, Cliff was called home and invited to take the Special Forces Qualification Course.
Cliff was so serious about his duty that he spent his time in Charleston at the family’s house on Folly, running up and down the beach with a 70-pound rucksack on to get ready for his training. He earned the Green Beret in July.
Cliff had come home for the Sept. 4 birth of his son and returned to Afghanistan a week later. “He was about as happy as I’d ever seen him,” said Eddie Cliff. “He was a very proud father.”
Cliff also is survived by his wife, Stacy, and son, Richard. – Written by your friend Johnathan Pruden