Death of a 5th Group Soldier


Verified SOF
Jun 8, 2009
Usually in a big desert
Dear 5th SFG Family and Friends,

I'm deeply saddened to inform you of the death of a 5th SFG Soldier this
week. SSG Ryan Means of ODA 5236, C Company, 2nd Battalion, passed away
due to complications following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his liver.
Ryan was being treated at the Sloan-Kettering Hospital in
New York City. His wife Heather as well as their parents and other
family members were at his side.

Details on funeral services and unit memorial will follow.

Please keep Ryan, Heather, their two young daughters, and the entire
Means family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
This worries me because a guy on my team, my best guy just had a testical removed in January followed by months of chemo and now he is going in to get a tumor removed from his stomach. We are all in 5th group. I am sure the guy on my team will be ok, but just like Ryan, things can happen.

Rest in Peace Ryan.
This is the 3rd guy to get cancer that I know of in 5th group in the last couple of years. Three years ago a guy in my old company (Marcus Foster) died of brain cancer. I don't get it.
Sorry JJ for your loss of your friends over the yrs.
Prayers sent to Heather and family/friends.

RIP Ryan :(
Cancer is a bitch. Here's to hoping one day they'll finally beat it back back where it belongs.

Condolences JJ on the loss of a Brother.

Rest easy Warrior.

My condolences, JJ. I hope they can figure out why such a cluster of cases exists.
JJ, I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers go out to you, Ryan's teammates, and his family.

Fair winds and following seas, brave warrior.