PFC Ryan Jerabek Honored at Final Resting Place - WBAY

PFC Ryan Jerabek Honored at Final Resting Place

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Marine Private First Class Ryan Jerabek of Hobart was only 18-years old when he was killed in Iraq on April 6, 2004. Jerabek is being remembered for his bravery on this Veterans Day, and his willingness to protect others.

Among all of the military pageantry at Nicolet Memorial Gardens today remains a family still mourning the loss of their son, Marine Private First Class Ryan Jerabek. Jerabek's mother, along with one of the Marines he fought next to in Iraq, somewhat eulogized the young man who was killed almost a decade ago. And while this service was to thank and remember all veterans, a portion was specifically designed to honor Ryan Jerabek.

"For a young man to go over there and fight for his country, to take a bullet from the enemy to keep fighting to help save his fellow marines he's a very special individual," say Jim Gallagher from Nicolet Memorial Gardens.

That selflessness will now forever be honored at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Almost ten years after Ryan Jerabek was laid to rest there, a hallway that honors all veterans buried on the grounds bears his name.

Jerabek's father Ken says, "It's a tremendous tribute, not only to Ryan but to all the men and women of the Armed Forces. This room just signifies honor and commitment to the men and women in the Armed Forces for the state of Wisconsin. And we're very honored that it's named after the youngest serviceman in the state of Wisconsin to be killed and the third youngest in the nation to be killed in the Iraqi war."

And just as he looked out for his fellow marines on the day he was killed, PFC Jerabek will now watch over all of these veterans as well.


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