Spc Ryan J. Grady
Spc. Ryan J. Grady of Bristow, Oklahoma and West Burke, Vermont attended North Country High School as a freshman and Lake Region Union High School as a sophomore. In 2003 he graduated from Thunderbird Military Academy in Oklahoma. He also attended Bristow High School in Oklahoma. Ryan grew up in a military family where the motto, ‘Be all that you can Be’ was held high. One of three brothers, they all have served in the military just as their father had. His father is currently still serving in the Vermont National Guard, and a brother Kevin is also serving in Afghanistan. In 2003 he joined the Army and served in Iraq from February of 2005 through January of 2006, receiving a Purple Heart during from that tour. In October 2006, he transferred to the Vermont Army National Guard transferring back to HHC 120th Battalion in Okmulgee, Oklahoma in September of 2008. Ryan once again returned to Vermont in 2009. He died at age 25 at Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised-explosive device. Ryan has been posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist. He leaves his daughter, Alexis, his father, James A. Grady, his mother and stepfather, Debbie and Tom Hudacek, his brothers, James and Kevin, and his wife, Heaven.
Special Troops Battalion
86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Burial is at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont