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CPL Rickey Bell, Jr.

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June 30, 1986 - August 22, 2007

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CPL Bell was killed Aug. 22, 2007 in Multaka, (northern) Iraq, of injuries suffered when his helicopter crashed.   Rickey, the door gunner, was among 14 who died in the crash. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Air Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.

 

The Pentagon says the Black Hawk helicopter was one of two taking part in a night-time operation. The crash is the worst single-day death toll in Iraq since January 2007 and the worst helicopter crash for Americans in the last two years.

 

CPL Rickey L. Bell, known as "little Rickey," was always friends with everybody.

 

CPL Rickey Bell was from Caruthersville, Missouri.  He graduated from Caruthersville High School in 2005 and immediately joined the Army, which sent him to Fort Lewis, where he became part of the Dark Horse Warriors.

 

"He loved the Army," (his aunt, Glenda) Overbey said. "He loved it. He loved what he was doing. He always volunteered. If there was anything to be volunteered for, Rickey volunteered."

 

His mother, Janice, works for Missouri's family services agency; his father, Rickey Sr., works in a factory that produces electrical fuses.

 

Because of his father's name, the family called the younger Bell "Little Rickey," said Overbey, Ricky Sr.'s sister.

 

"Little Rickey is the way we referred to him," she said. "Little Rickey is the way we'll remember him."

 

"He used to like to change seats on me a lot, he would always change seats in class," said Cathy Montgomery, Bell's sixth grade teacher.

 

"We always used to go mudding together on the island and we used to see who could get their truck stuck first and we used to see who had the baddest truck or whatever. We had a lot of memories together; we went riding 4-wheelers.  We did everything together," said Bell's lifelong best friend Thomas Guest. 

 

A 2005 graduate of Caruthersville High School, Bell had just turned 21 years old.

 

"I think it will bring the people together. It's always bad when a young person loses their life and you never think it will happen here," said Montgomery.

 

"There's been a lot of people die and now we have somebody from Caruthersville who have died and he's a really good friend to a lot of people here and everybody knows him, so it's really sad," said Guest.     

 

Flags fly at half staff as a community comes together to mourn the loss of CPL Bell.

 

"It makes me real proud that he was serving his country and doing what he loved to do.  You know it's sad but it makes it a little bit better knowing that he wasn't over there wanting to come home or anything, he was really loving it," said Guest.

 

Rickey Bell was scheduled to come home from Iraq for furlough on September 15th.  

 

Friends and teachers remember Bell as someone who made people laugh.

 

"I remember his smiling face everyday. He was always laughing, getting kids in good moods, spirits," said Dona Clark, Bell's former teacher.

 

Bell was due home on leave next month, his aunt Glenda Overbey told The Associated Press. He graduated high school in his Missouri hometown, population 7,000, in 2005 and went into the Army and arrived at Fort Lewis that December.

 

Friends and former teachers said he was well-liked.

 

"I was listening to the news and I heard the tragedy of the helicopter crash and I thought, oh how sad, all those families loosing their loved ones. Not even knowing that it was actually a former student and a friend of the family," said family friend and freshman teacher Dona Clark. 

 

"He knew everybody. He was always friends with everybody. He talked to everybody. He was always a happy person. It’s a sad day," said Thomas Guest, a friend.

 

In Caruthersville, Mo., it seemed yesterday like the entire town of about 7,000 was waiting for the body of CPL. Rickey Bell.

 

To bring Bell home — possibly as soon as tomorrow — his aunt, Glenda Overbey, helped the Army find a landing strip at least 3,000 feet long for his plane.

 

She finally found one — a city-owned airstrip 4,000 feet long.

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"I wouldn't exactly call it a municipal airport," Overbey said. "But we have to get Rickey home. It will be a huge turnout. The Bells are from Hayti, Mo., in Pemiscot County and the whole county will be there."

 

CPL Rickey Bell is survived by his mother, Janice, and his father, Rickey.

 
Sources:

Daily Kos  (Scroll down)

KAIT Channel 8,  Jonesboro AR

KFVS Channel 12, Heartland News

Honolulu Advertiser

The News Tribune, Tacoma WA

Memorial Video:

by Dennis Gurley and The Gurley Show Band.

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Rickey was a hero and we all salute him.
 
To Rickey's family or friends: 
If you have photos or other information that you would like to have added to this memorial page, please send them to the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page.

I am currently formatting archived condolences from the Patriot Guard Riders.  They will be added to this page sometime in the next day or two. ~ Debra

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Condolences and comments posted below were posted on the
Patriot Guard forum from Aug 23-29 2007.

Pinger

Lisbon, NY 

23 Aug 2007

 

Thank you Rickey, for your service and ultimate sacrifice for the preservation of FREEDOM............I SALUTE YOU

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Spc Rickey Bell.................a Hero

 

Charlie

 

USAF 60 - 64

USN 65 - 82

USN Retired 82

Viet Nam 71 & 73

Asst R/C NY Region 3

 

"We need not be afraid of the future, for the future will be in our own hands. We shall need courage, energy and determination, but above all, we shall need faith-faith in ourselves, in our communities and in our country." --- Thomas E. Dewey

 

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wvhusker

Ashland, KY

NE KY R/C

23 Aug 2007

SPC Bell,

 

Thank you for your willingness to defend the United States of America and her freedoms and interests. Your untimely death brings much sorrow and sadness to the hearts and lives of your family, friends, military brothers and sisters, each and every member of the Patriot Guard Riders, and all who truly appreciate their freedom. We are proud of your service and dedication in that which you believed in and fought for. Your mission is complete. You are truly an American hero and the world in which we live is a safer place because of your commitment to freedom. We will now proudly stand for you with honor, dignity, and respect. We pray that you will now rest peacefully in the arms of God. May He provide peace, comfort, and understanding to each life you touched.

 

WVHusker

Tom & Kelly

Ashland, KY

NE KY R/C

US Army, 1988 - 1998

Operations Desert Shield/Storm

 

"Heaven Was Needing A Hero" (Jo Dee Messina)

My personal thanks to HUDPatriotGuard for posting this on YouTube. May this touch your heart as it did mine. ~WVHusker

 

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vander177

Vandergrift, PA

23 Aug 2007

 

My condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Specialist 4th Class Rickey Bell. I thank you for your military service and ultimate sacrifice you made for this grateful nation in keeping peace worldwide. You may be gone, but, you will never be forgotten.

 

The price of freedom is written on the WALL!

 

Ralph A. DeLorme, SFC, US Army, Retired

PGR Western PA Veterans Mission Liaison

Patriot Guard Riders, Ride Captain, Region 10, PA

American Legion Riders, Sgt of Arms, Post 820, Monroeville, PA

GWRRA member - PA Chapter U

DAV Life Member

 

Riding in memory of Herbert Weltz - US Army - KIA 03-25-68

Riding in memory of our grandson Randy C. DeLorme - April 1986 - December 2001

ALL GAVE SOME - SOME GAVE ALL

 

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HDriderDave1

N. AL Ride Capt. Madison, AL

23 Aug 2007

 

God Bless Rickey Bell, family and friends. My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Thank you for your service and sacrifice Great Warrior. I pray the lord takes you into his Kingdom. May you rest in peace "A True American Hero". You will not be forgotten! I will be standing there in spirit with my fellow brothers.

 

Dave 

 

Lord Jesus help me as I mourn, comfort me with the knowledge of your love which is stronger than death. Enable me to trust you for the future of my love ones and myself. Help me to cast all of my care on you, knowing that the grave holds no power over those who trust in you. Amen.

 

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Chitown

 23 Aug 2007

 

I'm saddened to hear that we've lost another brave American Soldier. Spc Bell is a true American hero. Rickey rest in peace, your mission is complete. I thank you for helping to preserve our freedom. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. To the family, I offer my deepest condolences and pray for your welfare.

 

'Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.' -- Ronald Reagan

 

Standing by in Leawood, Kansas

 

Mike "Chitown" O'Malley

SSGT USMC 1977 - 1985

C co. 1st BN, 5th Marines

ALR Post 370

Patriot Guard Riders

Kansas Patriot Guard

 

Riding in honor of

SPC Matthew Murchison US Army. KIA Iraq 8/4/07

SPC David Lane US Army. KIA Iraq 9/5/07

Cpl Billy Willis US Army 9/10/07

Sgt Jeffrey Mersman KIA Afghanistan 11/8/07

 

Four young Kansas Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

 

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chaneyja

Jonesboro AR

23 Aug 2007

 

IN HONORE et DIGNITATE. Standing by for further orders in Jonesboro AR Jack D.

 

Chaney Sgt. USAF Honor Guard, Wash. DC 1967-1971.

 

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ThomasD

23 Aug 2007

 

Thank you, young warrior, for your service to this great country. May God lessen your family's pain and sorrow, and wrap His loving arms around you. You have stood for us and given the ultimate, now we will stand for you.---- nam vet 66-67

 

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Dandy1

23 Aug 2007

 

My heartfelt condolences to family & friends of Spc. Rickey Bell. May God grant you peace & strength to get through this and to know he is with the Lord. Stay close to the Lord for that is where he is. He is a true American Hero. When you find yourself in deep sorrow missing him so remember the wonderful memories of him keep them close to your heart. Rest in peace Hero you will never be forgotten. Proud gold star mom of LCpl. Leon B. Deraps KIA 5-6-06 Al Anbar Providence Iraq. Dandy1 -Sandy Deraps

 

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PhantomRadar

Allen, Texas

23 Aug 2007

 

Spc. Bell, thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Nation. You will not be forgotten.

 

My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Rickey. May God grant them peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

 

USAF 1980-2002

American Legion Rider Post 321

 

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zredmanz

Pearland, TX.

23 Aug 2007

 

Your watch has now ended. I Thank You for the Sacrifice you have made to give my family and me “Freedom!” Your Sacrifice for this Great Nation will never be forgotten, Rest in Peace in the Arms of the Lord. May God comfort your family and Friends during this time. 

 

United States Navy 1994-1998 Engineman 3rd Class, Operation Southern Watch

"Freedom Isn't Free"

 

Riding in Memory of my Grandfather Frank W. Patterson US ARMY WWII.

 

Riding in Honor for all of Americas' hero's, Men and Women, of the United States military who give us the greatest gift, "Freedom".

 

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cchii

Cliff (Mug) Hall

Exeter, MO

23 Aug 2007

 

Our deepest condolences to the friends and family Sp4 Rickey Bell. Specialist Bell, thank you for your service and sacrifice on our behalf in the cause of freedom. It did not pass without notice and will not be forgotten.

 

Assistant State Captain - Missouri

Help On The Home Front Coordinator - Missouri

US ARMY 72 to 78 - 63C, 63F, 11E

 

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db4175

Montesano, Washington

23 Aug 2007

 

I wish to offer my sincere prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Spc Bell. Your service to this country will never be forgotten by those who have gone before and those yet to serve. May your family find strength and peace in Gods Grace. May you rest in peace.

 

Riding in memory of Bernice T. Bach 1LT USA Nurse Corp. WWII, Saipan and in support of MSG Thomas Buettner a true soldier and my son-in-law. May God watch over them all.

 

Don Berry

SFC (Retired)

US Army 1964 - 1986

Vietnam 1969 -1970 1972 -1973

Freemasons Riding Club

Patriot Guard Rider

 

“Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?”

 

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gyocum

Utah State Captain Ogden, Utah

23 Aug 2007

 

We offer our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Specialist E-4 Rickey Bell. His service for our country will not be forgotten. Heaven must have needed another hero. May he now rest in peace.

 

Gary and Kelly Yocum 

 

Gary "K'huna" Yocum

Utah State Captain

Patriot Guard Riders

 

Honor, Respect , Gratitude, and Pride

 

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escortbike

Dyersburg, Tn.

23 Aug 2007 10:26 AM 

 

Spc4 Bell,

We bow our heads in honor of your service to our country.

Standing by in West Tn.(Dyersburg) to assist with your mission.

 

Bill Van Sant

 

We honor those who have served, those who are serving, and those who will serve in the future.

 

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fueler

St. Louis, Mo

23 Aug 2007

 

Spec. Bell,

Thank You for your service to this great country You are a true American Hero and you will be missed but never forgotten.

 

To the family and friends, may God be with you in this time of sadness.

Standing by in St. Louis

 

US Army 1970-1972

Senior Ride Captain

St. Louis, Mo.

 

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Pepper_guy

Lacey, WA

23 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences and prayers to family and friends of Spc. Rickey Bell, U.S. Army. Spc. Bell, I am forever grateful for your service to our country. Your service and sacrifices will not be forgotten. You are and will remain a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO". May you Forever Rest in Peace.

 

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Tony C

St. Louis Missouri

23 Aug 2007

 

Spec. Rickey Bell: Thank you and may GOD bless you and your family, YOU ARE A TRUE HERO.

 

Standing by in St. Louis

 

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wheatfield

Rural Butler Co., west of New Hartford, Iowa

23 Aug 2007

 

My heartfelt regret and sympathy to the family of U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Bell for their loss. Eternal gratitude and sorrow is our obligation to a young soldier who served and sacrificed for our country. I pray that The God of Our Fathers will Abide with all who have been burdened with such terrible pain, that they will receive peace and solace through all the days to be...until the moment of reunion. 

 

"O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home!"    -From Psalm 90 'O God Our Help in Ages Past' by Isaac Watts

 

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semperpapa

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

23 Aug 2007

 

My most sincere condolences to the family of Specialist Rickey Bell for your great loss. May the Lord grant you peace and serenity in these times of sorrow.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. It will not be forgotten!

 

May God bless you all.

 

Frank "Semperpapa" Sacca

"Red Beamer Rider"

VPF of a U.S. Marine

 

"God spoke Liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it"   Daniel Webster

 

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Big rock

Illinois Ride Captain

23 Aug 2007

 

Our Hearts and Prayers for the family and friends of Ricky.

 

Specialist Ricky Bell, Thank you for your service to our country.

 

We Will never Forget!!

 

"WE WILL NEVER FORGET"

 

Rocky

 

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dmoney

23 Aug 2007

 

HENRY SCOTT HOLLAND................ONCE SAID "DEATH IS NOTHING AT ALL..........IT DOES NOT COUNT. I HAVE ONLY SLIPPED AWAY INTO THE NEXT ROOM. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. EVERYTHING REMAINS EXCATLY AS IT WAS.I AM I, AND YOU ARE YOU, AND THE OLD LIFE WE LIVED SO FONDLY TOGETHER IS UNTOUCHED, UNCHANGED. WHATEVER WE WERE TO EACH OTHER THAT WE ARE STILL. CALL ME BY MY OLD FAMILIAR NAME. SPEAK OF ME IN A WAY WHICH YOU ALWAYS USED.PUT NO DIFFERENCE IN YOUR TONE. WEAR NO FORCED AIR OF SOLEMNITY OF SORROW. LAUGH AS WE ALWAYS LAUGHED AT THE LITTLE JOKES THAT WE ENJOYED TOGETHER.PLAY, SMILE, THINK OF ME, PRAY FOR ME. LET MY NAME BE EVER THE HOUSEHOLD WORD THAT IT ALWAYS WAS.LIFE MEANS ALL THAT IT EVER MEANT.IT IS THE SAME AS IT EVER WAS. WHAT IS THIS DEATH BUT A NEGLIGIBLE ACCIDENT? WHY SHOULD I BE OUT OF MIND BECAUSE I AM OUT OF SIGHT? I AM WAITING FOR YOU, FOR AN INTERVAL, SOMEWHERE VERY NEAR, JUST AROUND THE CORNER. ALL IS WELL. NOTHING IS HURT;;;;NOTHING IS LOST. ONE BRIEF MOMENT AND ALL WILL BE AS IT WAS BEFORE.HOW WE SHALL LAUGH AT THE TROUBLE OF PARTING WHEN WE MEET AGAIN

 

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Uffda

Wonder Lake, IL

23 Aug 2007

 

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Specialist E-4 Ricky Bell. May God help you though this difficult time and sorrow. Know your son was and is a Hero to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. He will never be forgotten.

 

Rest Safely and Securely in God's Loving Arms, Ricky.

 

Going home, going home,

I'm just going home.

Quiet-like, slip away-

I'll be going home.

It's not far, just close by;

Jesus is the Door;

Work all done, laid aside,

Fear and grief no more.

Friends are there, waiting now.

He is waiting, too.

See His smile! See His hand!

He will lead me through.

 

Morning Star lights the way;

Restless dream all done;

Shadows gone, break of day,

Life has just begun.

Every tear wiped away,

Pain and sickness gone;

Wide awake there with Him!

Peace goes on and on!

Going home, going home,

I'll be going home.

See the Light! See the Sun!

I'm just going home.

 

http://lnwbooks.com/data/mp3/15.mp3

 

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom. 

 

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sandersj26

Kingsport, TN

Past TN PGR State Captain

23 Aug 2007

 

Spc. Bell, we are Thankful/Honored to have soldier’s such as you protecting this great country. You will never be forgotten! We are saddened to learn of your passing. We hold you near our hearts along with your family and friends. God Bless you!

 

We send our sincere condolences to the family & friends of Spc. Bell.

 

Jeff "J" Sanders

Past TN PGR State Captain (2549)

Blue Knights TN VI

SCRC #273

 

USA NG '94-'97

USAF '82-'92

 

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Snowhite

Elsberry, Mo.

23 Aug 2007

 

My Heart and Prayers will be with the Family and Friends of Specialist E-4 Ricky Bell. A True American Hero. Thank You for Your Service and Sacrifice for Our Country.

 

Terry Martin

We Will Always Remember

Vietnam Vet 67-68

85th Evac Hospital

PGR Riders

American Legion Riders Chapter 313 MO.

American Legion Riders-MO. State Secretary

VFW Post 9064- Commander

MO. VFW 9th District POW/MIA Chairman

 

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Tinbender57

23 Aug 2007

 

We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of SPC Rickey Bell. We will share your sadness and grief on the loss of Ricky. He will always be remembered as one of our Heroes for the service of our country. Rest in peace Rickey, your mission is complete and you are in the hands of your God. Rickey will never be forgotten.  God Bless the family and friends. 

 

Ohio PGR members, George & Ruth Stimel,   

Newark,OH.

 

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Caretaker45

Cuba, Mo

23 Aug 2007

 

Our prayers & sincere condolences to the family & friends of Spec Ricky Bell. Our deepest appreciation to this true American hero who will never be forgotten.

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep:

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am the diamond glints on the snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn's rain.

 

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush,

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there, I did not die.

Robert Hepburn

 

Standing by in Cuba, Mo

Art (caretaker45) & Jan Compton

 

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Harry Hartman

Brockport, NY

23 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Specialist E-4 Ricky Bell. The ultimate sacrifice of this True American Hero, will never be forgotten. May God help his family find peace at this most difficult time.

 

hybridharry

1st Cavalry Dad

PGR NY HOTH Director

PGR NY VRP Coordinator

 

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mattsmom

Westminster, Maryland

23 Aug 2007

 

Thank you, Specialist E-4 Bell, for your willingness to serve our country....you will never be forgotten, Ricky.

 

Thank you for your service and sacrifice in defending and protecting our freedoms. As a nation we mourn your loss, and we will remember you always as a true American hero. To the family, I offer my prayers and support. I understand a little of what you are going through-my son, a Marine LCpl, was killed in Iraq. I pray wonderful memories of your dear warrior help eventually to ease the pain you endure today. Your hero will never be forgotten-he leaves a legacy of honor and courage that few will ever achieve. God bless you. Julie Francis, Matt's Mom

 

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windsinger

Medina,Ohio

23 Aug 2007

 

MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SPC. RICKY BELL.

 

"HONOR TO THE SOLDIER AND SAILOR EVERYWHERE,WHO BRAVELY BEARS HIS COUNTRY'S CAUSE. HONOR ALSO TO THE CITIZEN WHO CARES FOR HIS BROTHER IN THE FIELD,AND SERVES, AS HE BEST CAN, THE SAME CAUSE. “    ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

" NO MAN IS ENTITLED TO THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM UNLESS HE BE VIGILANT IN ITS PRESERVATION."

GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR

 

"SEMPER PARATUS" USCG

 

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areallyniceguy

23 Aug 2007

 

My family and i send our prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Ricky Bell, May God grant you peace and comfort in this most difficult time.............

RJ.

 

R.J.Bailey Joplin Missouri, Proud Parent of an American Soldier(Land of the free by the blood of the brave) PGR Member#13326 ( Liberty, when it begins to take root, it's a plant of rapid growth, George Washington 1" U. S. President) 

 

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fyrdude

Lee's Summit, MO

23 Aug 2007

 

Lord, please comfort the hearts of this young man's family. May they always remember the laughter, the smile, and the pride of serving this great nation and it's grateful citizens. God bless and keep him in your care until we are all reunited in your kingdom. 

 

 (Eva's Grandpa)

 

Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose. ~Ulysses S. Grant

 

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sdoise

Kinder, La.

23 Aug 2007

 

My condolences to the family of Spc. 4 Ricky Bell and my sincere appreciation of his service to preserve our way of life. Rest in peace soldier.

 

Schelly

Ride Captain for Lake Charles, La. and surrounding area

American Legion Post 318, Elton, La.

 

DEFINITION OF A VETERAN

A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life."

Author Unknown

 

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Parachute

Mascoutah, IL

23 Aug 2007

 

My deepest condolences to the Bell family and may God bless them and stand by them. He has given the greatest sacrifice, his life for his country.

 

Rest your head

Our brave soldier

You stood tall

You did not falter

Blessed are those

That battle for right

GOD has said

You are HEROS in his sight

Your honor and pride

Stood tall all the way

And now you have come

To the end of your day

Your watch is over

PGR will take it from here

With all the respect

We stand for so dear

You will ride in our hearts

Down the FLAG filled road

Thank you, BRAVE WARRIOR

You carried our load

Protecting us all

By both day and night

Never once flinching

In the heat of the fight

As we ride for you now

Our hearts filled with sorrow

Never to forget you

For all of the tomorrow’s

When the bugle plays TAPS

And the rifles will sound

Our eyes will be full

Our tears on the ground

You will be missed

By ones never met

You are our HERO

We will never forget

 

GOD BLESS OUR MIGHTY AND VIGILANT MILITARY. SECOND TO NONE. BECAUSE OF THEM WE ARE STILL FREE.

 

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satyr

Raleigh, NC

23 Aug 2007

 

  I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Spc Ricky Bell.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  Thank you for standing for our country and defending our freedom Ricky.  Rest in peace soldier.  I salute you. 

 

satyr

 

Steve

USAF 1976 - 1980, TAC

Dry Hill AFS, Watertown, NY

Finland AFS, Finland, MN

 

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

 

Moina Micheals - 1918

"We Shall Keep the Faith"

Inspired by the poem "In Flanders Field" 

 

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690MedCo

Huntington Beach, CA

23 Aug 2007

 

Thank you SP4 Ricky Bell for your dedicated service and sacrifice to defend this great country of ours!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends. You will never be forgotten! Rest in peace young soldier.

 

Glen & Linda

 

SP4 U.S. Army 1976-1979

Medical Specialist

690th Medical Co (amb)

34th Medical Btn

U.S. Army Reserve 1979-1982

Patriot Guard Rider

 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9

 

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wwr2

23 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of Spc. Ricky Bell

Thank you for your Service to Our Country

God Bless and Keep You Safe in His Arms

 

Lloyd

 

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lgc

Macon, Missouri

23 Aug 2007

 

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Ricky Bell. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Larry and Sara Carmer

 

U.S. Army 1981-1984, 67N

Huey Crewchief

 

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custer7thcav

Moraine, Ohio

23 Aug 2007

 

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Ricky Bell. Thank you for your service, Ricky. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace.

 

custer7thcav

In honor and memory of

Sgt. Bill L. Mullins, 1/7 Cav, Vietnam '65-'66

and

Frank Cicirelli, USN, WWII

 

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TMR

Willow Springs IL

24 Aug 2007

 

Straight to heaven....

"There is no greater love", say the Lord, "than to lay down your life for a friend".

Thank you and God Bless you, SPC Bell, for being willing to do just that.

 

'Rest easy, son, at the top of the stairs.'

Standing in spirit in Willow Springs IL TMR

 

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Pocketrocket

Sullivan, Missouri

24 Aug 2007

 

I am saddened by the loss of another young, American life. My thoughts, prayers, and sincere condolences to the family and friends of SPC Ricky Bell. My heartfelt gratitude to this American hero for answering the call when his country needed him. I will always hold in the highest regard those American men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and to those who are still in harms way. These words will not fill the emptiness felt by the loss of Ricky but serves as a reminder that the people of this great nation care and also feel this loss.

 

May God bless this American Hero and keep him by his side. I will do my best to be there to escort and honor this American hero to his final resting place.

 

Standing by in Sullivan, MO.

 

Ron (pocketrocket)

 

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cocoakatie

East Galesburg, Illinois

24 Aug 2007

 

My heart and prayers are with the family and friends of SPC Ricky Bell. May God hold them close and comfort them in these hard times. Thank you SPC Ricky Bell for everything you have sacrificed for our great nation. It is "HEROES" like you that let me know that my grandchildren will always live in the land of the free. You are a "TRUE AMERICAN HERO" and will "NEVER BE FORGOTTEN". God Bless You and Your Family.

 

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Armorbearer

Perry, Georgia

24 Aug 2007

 

Sincere condolences to the friends and family of this young American Warrior.  Please know that Ricky's service to our nation will be forever honored and NEVER forgotten in my home.  This young man stood against evil and served our nation during time of war....a most noble accomplishment.  Thank you, sir for your service to our country.  I pray God will hold you close to Himself and comfort the family left behind.   

 

Numbers 6:24-26

 

John Fisher

Nahum 1:7

USAF 83-92 B-52, A-10, B-2 Crew Chief

Perry, Georgia

Trust God, Love for all your worth, and walk tall

 

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66 Mustang

Union City, Tn

24 Aug 2007

 

To the Bell family, my most sincere condolences. Ricky, THANK YOU so much for your service. You will not be forgotten.

 

Standing by in Union City, Tennessee

 

Ken

TNARNG 1974-1996

Armor Crewman / Tank Commander

 

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catbrooks

Lake Mary, FL

FL HOTH Coordinator

24 Aug 2007

 

My family and I send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this American hero. May you find comfort in knowing the love and memories you have of your dear Ricky, will forever remain in your heart. We too understand your sorrow, and there are no words to ease your heart wrenching pain, just know that you are not alone, you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.

 

SPC Ricky Bell, our world is a safer place because of brave and selfless warriors like you, rest in peace...

 

Cat

FL HOTH Coordinator

 

"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind

is never to die"

~Robert Orr~

 

In loving memory of Sgt John D Rode

KIA 02/14/07 Baquaba Iraq

 

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3brothers

24 Aug 2007

 

May God comfort you in your time of sorrow! Please know that Ricky will NOT be forgotten! Rest in peace sir!

 

Omie Johnson ~Sister of LCpl. Leon Deraps ~ KIA Iraq ~ My beloved brother and Hero~

 

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apriliagirl

24 Aug 2007

 

Ask God for comfort in these days ahead and he will provide for you. Another Angel has been added to God's army. Ricky will live forever in your hearts. 

 

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HGPreacherman

West Branch, MI

24 Aug 2007

 

To SPC Ricky Bell,

A great man once said, "Poor is the Nation that has no Heroes, Shameful is the one that, having them, Forgets". We will never forget the duty, service, honor, faithfulness and sacrifice you have given to our nation. You are now in the great cloud of witnesses cheering us on. We will not falter, We will not fail, We will not weaken.

 

To the family of SPC Ricky Bell,

I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. (Lincoln to Mrs. Bixby 21 Nov 1864). We will continually be praying for your family at our church. God is strengthening you.

 

Sam

 

There is no telling what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.

 

Sam Cottle

MI State Captain

www.pgrmichigan.org

 

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PDDGM

Dixon, MO Member #3599

24 Aug 2007

 

We offer our sincere condolences and prayers to Spc Bell's family and friends. God bless him and may you find peace in his words..

 

Joe Smith

Sen Mo Ride Capt

Central Mo.

 

It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees...U.S Navy 1968- 1972.

Riding for my son ITI Joseph Smith, USN and his shipmates on the USS Chosin CG-65

 

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phedup

Independence MO

24 Aug 2007

 

Our condolences to the family and friends of Spc. 4 Ricky Bell.

 

USS Mars AFS-1 78-81

Senior MO RC

 

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Clancy109

Bonne Terre, Mo

25 Aug 2007

 

Thank You SPC Bell for your ultimate sacrifice. We could never repay you or your family. We pray the Lord comfort and strengthen your family as we honor your service. Standing by in Bonne Terre.

 

Riding for those who have died for my freedom...

Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

 

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ladynighthawk

Hillsboro, Missouri

25 Aug 2007

 

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of SPC Ricky Bell. I know words cannot ease your sense of loss at this time, just know we have lost a true American Hero, and he will never be forgotten. SPC Bell, Thank you for your sacrifice, and courage to stand for your country. Stand down Hero, your work is done. Rest now we have the watch. 

 

Proud daughter of a Korean War Vet

TSgt. Robert "Bob" Sevier

US Army, Korea 1950-53

Ride safe, ride free

Ladynighthawk

 

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SPC BALLEW'S MOM

Dexter, MO

25 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Spc. Bell. I just wanted to say thank you for your sacrifices and also wanted you all to know my heart and prayers are with you and yours in this time of sorrow. God brought another soldier home to watch over us in a much better place. Thank you SPC Ricky Bell for your service and sacrifices that you made to keep our homeland free. May God bless each and everyone of you in this time of loss.

 

Teresa L. Wright

Proud mom of a NG Soldier

 

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jwilsr

25 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of SPC Ricky Bell. Thank you Ricky for your selfless commitment to our nation and freedom. Your watch has ended and while you leave us in body you live with us forever in spirit. God bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my brother.

 

A Soldier's Prayer

(author unknown)

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there; I do not sleep.

 

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sun on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

 

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

 

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there; I did not die.

 

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mailman

West Branch, MI - Michigan Ride Captain Zephyrhills, FL - Florida Ride Captain

25 Aug 2007

 

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Specialist Ricky Bell. Rest In Peace Soldier.

 

"Eyes on the olive branch, but arrows at the ready."

 

Jim

"mailman"

US Army 1970 - 1972

 

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Pa Shadow Rider

North East, Pa.

26 Aug 2007

 

As i write to tell you how sorry i am of the loss of Ricky, I try to understand why do these young people want to go in to harms way. These young men and women sacrifice themselves for the good of this country. An unselfish and truly brave thing to do. Please know that his actions will forever be remembered by my self and other Americans who enjoy the freedom that he defended. God bless you and keep you.

 

Fred 

 

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Kennyv

Powhatan Ar Ne Arkansas RC

26 Aug 2007

 

Spc. Bell I will never forget your service and sacrifice for our nation. I pray God will comfort the friends and family of this brave American during this most tragic time. Standing by in NE Ar.

 

Ken Voyles

 

I ride in honor of my dad Argus Voyles retired Army. My uncles Conrad Voyles retired Army, Leeo Denton Army POW Korea Tiger Survivor, Bart Voyles USAF

 

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Slowhand

Northeastern, Maryland Senior Chaplain & Ride Captain

26 Aug 2007

 

I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends in this very sad time in your lives . My prayers are that our GOD may bring peace and comfort to all of you during this tragic time. Please know that not just me but a country full of people like mew owe you a dept that can never be repaid , but please take solace in the fact that your loved one is now with our lord in heaven. We are all brothers and sisters in and we don't forget one of our own, rest in peace your mission is complete and now it's time for you to rest . May GOD arms bless each everyone of you

 

Russ "Slowhand"

 

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Rip007

Indianapolis

26 Aug 2007

 

Thank you Spc. Rickey Bell for your service to our country. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of this Fallen Hero. May God Bless you.

Your Service and Sacrifice for Our Country will not be forgotten.

 

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stretchnit

Flag Support Unit Mulberry, Ks.

 

26 Aug 2007

 

Thank you Spc. Bell for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of FREEDOM. I know there are soldiers over there making the supreme sacrifice for me, and it breaks my heart. I don't feel worthy of their effort, but "Thank You All". May the Lord shine his everlasting light on you and your family. God Bless! You won't be forgotten my warrior friend..........

 

With respect,

Stretch -n- Ruffy

 

Rick(Stretchnit)Wegner

Flag Support Unit

Mulberry, Ks. 

 

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Lew

Greenwood, mo

26 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of SPC RICKY BELL.

 

May GOD bless.

Phil "Lew" Lewallen

 

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mwatkins

Northwest Arkansas

27 Aug 2007

 

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Spc. Ricky Bell. America has lost another great Hero. May you rest in peace soldier.

 

NWArkansas

 

 

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sv4sheri

Columbia, MO

27 Aug 2007  

 

My sincere & heartfelt condolences & prayers to the family & friends of SPC Ricky Bell. We will forever be grateful for his service to our country. His service & sacrifice will not be forgotten. I will pray for you all.

 

Soldier, Stand down. Your mission is complete. We stand ready to relieve you, sir.

 

Thank you.

Standing by in Columbia, MO.

 

-sv4sheri

Central MO Columbia area RC

 

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hamhok

Pacific, MO / Southwest FL (Winter)

27 Aug 2007

 

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and community of CPL Ricky Bell. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you comfort and peace as you mourn and grieve for the loss of your loved one. I offer my humble thanks for his service and deep regret for the sacrifice he made. Know that his service and sacrifice did not go unnoticed and that he will be shown honor and respect on his final journey.

 

Lest I keep my complacent way, I must remember that somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer: Was I worth dying for?  From a bronze plaque at the Memorial Monument in Hillsboro, IL.

 

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adamandtaylor

Caruthersville, MO

27 Aug 2007

 

Thanks for making me laugh all those times my friend. You'll never know how much you did for me, and I'm sorry I never told you. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Godspeed young man. 

 

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All give some. Some give all. In memory of Cpl. Rickey L. Bell, Caruthersville, MO. 1986 - 2007. Rest in peace "Bobby Gooch".

 

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preflys

Corpus Christi, Texas

27 Aug 2007

 

May God Bless the family of Cpl. Bell. Please know that he died a hero and will never be forgotten. I ride in his honor and for the other brave souls that were on that helicopter.

 

Paul Emmons (Uncle to Sgt. Garrett McLead)

 

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plumcrazyharley

Festus Missouri

28 Aug 2007

 

Thank you Cpl. Bell for your sacrifice to our country. My sincere condolences to your family and friends. 

 

Plumcrazyharley

 

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lolson

Kirksville MO.

28 Aug 2007

 

Even though we never met we were bounded together as brothers through the PGR. We believed in the cause and fought for what we knew was right. Your mission is complete and may you rest in peace CPL Ricky Bell. Caruthersville, MO. your son has come home to rest his wary head My prayers and thoughts goes to your loving family. 

 

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Mrs_Smack

Hillsboro, Mo.

28 Aug 2007

 

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Cpl Ricky Bell. You are a True American Hero that will Never be forgotten. Thank you for your service and the ultimate sacrifice you gave to your country. Rest now soldier.

 

Mike and Linda

Smackwater and Mrs_Smack

 

Strength and Honor

 

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wintergreencourt

Marietta GA

28 Aug 2007

 

Our sincere condolences on the passing of this American hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. 

 

R.G. "Bobby" Byrne

aka: Chopped Liver

Georgia Mentor Team

 

Blue Star Parent

Lcpl. Justin Schultz

3/14 Mike Battery, USMC

 

Riding in memory of

Lt. Cmdr. Charles A. Byrne, USN

1911-1990

 

"...and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me."

 

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DRMUDD

WARRENSBURG, MO

29 Aug 2007

 

My sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of this "True American Hero"  May our God welcome CPL Bell with his open arms and help you through this difficult time.

 

DRMUDD

 

ALR Post 131 Officer

SAL Squadron 131 Commander

Warrensburg, MO

 

DAVE MUDD...PATRIOT GUARD RIDER #61849

ALR POST 131 DIRECTOR, SAL SQUADRON 131 COMMANDER

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