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.
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