Died April 6, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
18, of Oneida, Wis.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; killed April 6 by hostile fire in Anbar province, Iraq.
Ryan Jerabek wanted to go to college and become a history teacher. But first he wanted to serve his country, so he joined the Marine Corps, despite his father’s protests.
In March, the 18-year-old Jerabek shipped out to Iraq and on April 6, Ken and Rita Jerabek got the news their son
Ryan Jerabek, a 2003 graduate of Pulaski High School, was killed in a firefight in Ramadi, Iraq, a region where more than 15 Marines have died in recent days. He served with the 4th Brigade’s 2nd Battalion.
Ryan Jerabek “joined the Marine Corps and went in July,” Ken Jerabek said. “He graduated from basic training in October and came home on a leave for 14 days. He went back to Camp Pendleton and took his Advanced Infantry Training and then came back home on leave before he left for Kuwait. Three weeks in Kuwait and he went to Iraq for four weeks.
Ryan Jerabek joined the Marines with Mike Andrews, his best friend since kindergarten. The pair went through much of their initial military training together. Andrews, now a lance corporal, is still training at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Rita Jerabek said her son always gave 110 percent.
“I am really proud of him,” a tearful Rita Jerabek said. “The commitment (he and Andrews) made together — to make a difference — is so very important.”
“He gave everything he had and it cost him his life,” Ken Jerabek said.
Jerabek, 18, was killed April 6 in Iraq in a battle with insurgents near where four Americans were killed and dragged through the streets in late March. Jerabek joined the Marines after graduating from Pulaski High School last year and had been in Iraq about a month when he was killed.
WEATHER: COOLER THAN USUAL
QIC: JUNIOR VARSITY
PAX: SQUID(R), MINIVAN(R), SQUID(CONFUSING RIGHT-DR FROM CLEVELAND), CLANCEY(R)
WARM UP MOSEY TO THE BLOCKS
10 MERKINS/10 TTT/10 SSH
MOSEY TO THE GARAGE AND SPLIT INTO TWO TEAMS
BLOCK DORA – 1 PARTNER RUNS WITH THE BLOCK UP THE RAMP TO THE OPPOSITE CORNER AND BACK WHILE THE OTHER PARTNER PERFORMS THE EXERCISE AND KEEPS TRACK OF THE TOTAL COUNT
1ST CORNER NEAR STAIRS 100 TRI EXTENSIONS
BOTH PARTNERS ADVANCE TO THE 2ND FLOOR WITH THE BLOCKS (DIRECTLY ABOVE WHERE THE EXERCISE WAS PERFORMED)
2ND CORNER 200 MERKINS
BOTH PARTNERS ADVANCE TO THE 3RD FLOOR WITH THE BLOCKS (DIRECTLY ABOVE WHERE THE EXERCISE WAS PERFORMED)
3RD CORNER 300 CURLS
BOTH PARTNERS ADVANCE TO THE 4TH FLOOR WITH THE BLOCKS (DIRECTLY ABOVE WHERE THE EXERCISE WAS PERFORMED)
4TH (T0P) 400 OVERHEAD CLAPS (NO BLOCK) 1 PARTNER DOES OHC AND THE OTHER HOLDS THE BLOCK OVERHEAD-SWITCH WHEN THE ONE HOLDING THE BLOCK TIRES OUT OR WHATEVER BREAKDOWN YOU WANT
MOSEY BACK TO RETURN THE BLOCKS
WE RAN A LITTLE LONG TODAY.