In Memory of Captain Ronald G. Luce

Captain Ronald G. Luce, age 27, of North Carolina was killed on August 2, 2009 during a combat patrol near Qole Gerdsar, Afghanistan.  He was a Special Forces Officer attached to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group based in Mississippi.  CPT Luce was a member of 1st Bn, 20th SFG(A) of Huntsville, Alabama but was mobilized in May 2009 for Operation Enduring Freedom with 2nd Bn 20th SFG(A).

CPT Luce was born in Julian, California.  he was a graduate of Ramona High School where he excelled in athletics and was a starter on the varsity football team.  He enrolled in ROTC at Valley Forge Military Academy and was commissioned in 2002.  He received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennesse.

He attended numerous military schools to include the Airborne Course, SERE, Special Forces Qualification Course, Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Infantry Captain's Career Course, Ranger School and Airborne School.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.  Captain Luce also earned the Parachutist Badge, and Ranger and Special Forces Tabs.

Captain Luce is survived by his wife and daughter.

Captain Ron Luce, 20th Special Forces Group, KIA in Afghanistan in August 2009.

Ron Luce




Websites Honoring CPT Ron Luce.

USASOC Biography for Captain Luce.

Legacy Guest Book for CPT Luce.

Freedom Remembered.

Patriot Guard Riders.

Faces of the Fallen.  The Washington Post.

Valley Forge Military Academy & College.

Arlington National Cemetery Website.

R.I.P. Webpage on Ronald Luce.

News Articles About CPT Ron Luce.

August 26, 2009.  "RHS graduate dies in Afghanistan".  Ramona Sentinel.

August 13, 2009.  "Alabama Guard member slain in Afghanistan to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery".

August 7, 2009.  "Military: Honor fallen, support troops".  Clarion Ledger.

August 5, 2009.  "Special Forces Officer from Fayetteville killed in Afghanistan".  The Fayetteville Observer.

August 5, 2009.  "Bodies of three Mississippi-based Special Forces Guard troops return from Afghanistan".  The Birmingham News.

August 4, 2009.  "Bomb kills 3 Mississippi soldiers in Afghanistan".  Sun Herald.

August 4, 2009.  "2 in Miss. Guard die in Afghanistan".  Clarion Ledger.

August 4, 2009.  "DoD Identifies Army Casualties".  U.S. Dept of Defense News Release.

August 4, 2009.  "20th Special Forces Group Soldiers die in Afghanistan".  USASOC News Service.


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