|SSgt. Ray Rangel
United States Air Force
7th Engineering Squadron
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
KIA 13 February 2006
|Ray Rangel was known to his high school football teammates as "Crazy Ray." But it was
his tender side that came out with family. "I had to have surgery two years ago, and he
took leave to be with me," his mother Cynthia said. "He was our only son, and he's been
taken away." Rangel, 29, of San Antonio, died Feb. 13 in Iraq while trying to rescue
soldiers from a military vehicle that had rolled into a canal.
Rangel married and enlisted in 1994 after high school and became a firefighter in
Abilene. He bought a house there just before deploying. He coached his oldest son's
youth football team, while his wife, Selena, coached cheerleaders. Their three sons, ages
7 to 11, played football, and their daughter, 5, cheered on the sidelines. "He told me, 'If
anything should happen to me, remember I was doing what I wanted to do,'" said his
father, Federico Rangel.
13 February 2013
Hey mijo... can't believe it's been 8 years. I miss you so much. I still don't understand
why you were taken from us. I dreamt you the other day and it felt so good hearing your
voice. I woke up and I cried because it was just a dream. But, I also cried because I was
so grateful that I could still remember what you sounded like, especially your laugh. I
miss you, I miss you, I miss you. Not a day goes by that don't think about you. You are
truly missed. We went to Brack to remember you on your birthday, (it was dad's idea).
He even bought a cake. We all would've given anything to have you there. I love you
mijo. You will never, ever, be forgotten.
13 February 2012
MSgt Jason Keller
It's been 7 years brother. Your memory will lie on forever. RIP my friend.
20 February 2011
It has been a while since you have passed, but I can honestly say there is not a day that
passes that I do not think of you. I only knew Ray for a short period of time, I was in the
287th Engineer Detatchment (FF), a fire fighting unit for the Army based out of Camp
Cooke (Taji, Iraq) from 2005-2006. Ray and Glen Landry were assigned with us to
supplement the firefighting capabilities we provided on and off base. So to keep a long
story short, I just want to say you have not been forgotten and it was an honor to serve
03 April 2007
LAURIE GUTIERREZ RAMOS
In Honor Of: SSGT. RAY RANGEL
WE WILL MISS YOU RAY! IT STILL HURTS EVEN THOUGH I HADNT SEEN YOU IN SO
LONG YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. YOUR OUR HERO. WE LOVE YOU. I WISH
THINGS WERE DIFFERENT, I WISH YOU WERE HERE.
11 February 2008
Ray i miss you so much you are always going to be my
hero you will always and forever be in my heart we miss you so much at
home. But we just pray and ask god to give us the strength to go on just
remember we will never forget you and your always and forever in all of
our hearts. i love you and miss you love always Heather Rae I LOVE
13 February 2007
SSgt Ray Rangel (USAF Firefighter)
Today marks the second anniversary of Ray's death in
Iraq. I want Ray's family to know that I think about him all the time and
that he was a true American Hero in Iraq. I hope things are well with
his family in Texas and his fellow AF Firefighters around the world who
continue to serve in Iraq and other places of danger. We do our jobs
well, and we all would have done what Ray did to save our comrades in
Rest in Peace Ray and know that your not forgotten.