Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider - USASOC


The ShanMan
Jun 29, 2008
CA, WI, and TX
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, 30, Brighton, Ill., died Sept. 18 at Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was struck by machine gun fire. He was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information the media may contact U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at 910-432-6005 or
USASOC's Post:
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 20, 2010) – A Special Operations Soldier was killed Sept. 18 during a combat operation in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, 30, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Grider was born in Alton, Ill. and graduated from Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill. in 1998. Grider enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman on Aug. 18, 1998.

Airborne qualified, he served with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a grenadier, rifleman and scout team leader. Also during this time, Grider attended and graduated from ranger school.

Once Ranger qualified, he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., as a rifle team leader and squad leader where he deployed once to Afghanistan and three times to Iraq.

In November 2005, Grider was assigned as a special operations team member, U.S. Army Special Operations Command where he deployed an additional four times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

He was posthumously awarded his third Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Grider is survived by his wife, Brittany Grider of Carthage, N.C., daughter Katie-Anne of Raleigh, N.C., and his parents Ron Grider of Brighton, Ill. and Rita Grider of St. Louis, Ill.

Rest easy my Brother. Condolences to his wife and daughter.:( Archive/2010/September/100920-01.html
RIP Sgt. Grider. Thoughts and prayers out to those with whom he served, and to his family and friends back at home...
Just got news that when Aaron was killed, his working dog Bohdi was also shot alongside him. Bohdi survived and returned to duty but was killed a few days ago in Afghanistan.