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  Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
Name: Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell

Age: 21

From: Ramsey, Minn.

Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; .died March 26 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained from small arms fire.

Incident: Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell died March 26 in Taji, Iraq, of wounds sustained from small arms fire.

Died: March 26, 2008

North St. Paul soldier killed in Iraq

The Associated Press

ST. PAUL — A soldier from North St. Paul who died in Iraq joined the Army because he thought it would help him achieve his dream of becoming a police officer, relatives said Thursday night.

Army Spec. Gregory B. Rundell, 21, was killed by a sniper Wednesday while manning a guard tower at a base just north of Baghdad, they said.

“I believe Greg gave the ultimate sacrifice. He is a hero in my heart and life,” said his mother, Joanne Richardson, of North St. Paul. “I stand tall and brave, because my son stood tall and brave.”

Rundell was a graduate of North St. Paul High School and had been in Iraq for about three months. His mother told reporters he joined the Army in 2005.

“I would like you all to know that Greg was a good kid,” Richardson said. “When he told me about his decision to join the Army, it broke my heart because I knew this day might come.”

Sgt. Kyle Richardson of the Minnesota National Guard, who recently returned from Iraq, was among four siblings who also attended the news conference at the St. Paul National Guard Armory.

“He knew what the risks were. ... He believed in a cause that was greater than his own,” Kyle Richardson said.

Rundell was due to serve around another year in Iraq. His family said he planned to go to college after he got out of the Army and dreamed of becoming a police officer.

“He had a smile and gentle spirit that drew many people to him,” his mother said.

The family decided to announce his death themselves rather than wait for the official Department of Defense announcement.

Funeral arrangements were still being planned.

Rundell was the 72nd person with strong Minnesota ties to die in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In a letter written from basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., Rundell told his mother not to worry about him, but to take heart, even if the worst happened:

“Please don’t shed a tear for me,” he wrote. “Don’t worry. I don’t want tears of loss, but tears of happiness for what I was able to do.”


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Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY miyembro on May 14, 2008
  Your sacrifice will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,

with intense gratitude. May God bless you and your family.

Rest Safely and Securely in God's Loving Arms.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  For the loss you had, words do not heal. May the memories held deep within your heart help soothe your spirit. With each memory, let your hearts be reminded that nothing can ever take away the beauty you have known. (Yes your beloved Greg was beautiful---he had a heart of pure gold)~~GOD BLESS~~J. Moss
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Submitted with Spc. Rundell's family in mind.~~ Love and Gratitude~~The agony is so great and yet I stand it. Had I not loved so very much, I would not hurt so much. But goodness knows I would not diminish that precious love by one fraction of an ounce. I will hurt, and I will be grateful to take the hurt, for it bears witness to the depth of our meanings, and for that I will be eternally grateful.~~Nikki Coan, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.~~Stevie Coan Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Remember me in your hearts, in your thoughts, and the memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, and the times we laughed, for if you always think of me, I will never be gone.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  To some I may be nothing more than a distant memory. My life on earth is over now, but do you remember me ? I know I left without warning, but GOD's work for me was through. Please do not try to stop the thoughts of me, because I never will of you. ~~ Some may hear or speak my name and vanish the thought of me. Why is it now that I am gone no one stops to see, I am closer to you now than I ever was before ? I love you all the same and will for ever more. So plese don't let my memories slowly fade away...for I'm still inside your heart you see, where I will always stay.~~Don't think of me as gone forever because someday we'll meet again. keep me close inside your heart until GOD tells you when.~~You may be there for many years, no one ever knows, so let my memory stay alive as the love inside you grows.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  This is my wish for you; comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, hugs when the spirit sags, sunsets to warm your heart, friendships to brighten your being, beauty for your eyes to see, faith so you can believe, confidence when in doubt, patience to accept the truth, courage to know yourself, love to complete your life.~~Cora Meyer, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  In the quiet moments when the hurt is hard to bear may love become your shelter, and may the beauty of precious memories be your comfort.~~ Sydney Meyer, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Sunshine fades and shadows fall, but sweet remembrance out lasts all.~~Clara Langley, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds dear, fond memories linger everyday, and remembrance keeps Greg near.---David Hatfield New Orleans, Louisiana
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  I have not turned my back on you, so there's no need to cry, I am watching you from Heaven, just beyond the morning sky; I have seen you almost fall apart, when you could barely stand, I asked the LORD to comfort you, and I watched Him take your hand. He told me that you were in more pain, than I could ever be, He wiped His eyes and swallowed hard, then gave your hand to me; although you may not feel my touch; or see me by your side, I've whispered that I love you, while I wiped away each tear you cried.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  The tide recedes but leaves bright seashells on the sand, the sun goes down but the gentle warmth still lingers on the land. The music stops & yet it echoes on in sweet refrains...for every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.~~GOD BLESS ~~ Raven Meyer-Coan, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Smile when you are sad. Love what you got and always remember what you had. Always forgive. Learn from your mistakes. But never regret things.

pepole change and things go wrong--but always remember my love for you goes on and on !
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  There was no love more genuine than mine; in giving and receiving it was pure. Grieve not, for my legacy is love, pure and true, each memory a gift that will endure, returning you to moments fair and fine.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Beautiful memories are wonderful things, they last till the longest day, they never wear out, never get lost, and can never be given away. To some you may be forgotten, to others a part of the past. But to those who loved you, your memory will always last.~~Mark Regenauer, Shelbyville, Ky
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  Don't think of Greg as gone away, his journey has just begun, life holds so many facets, this earth is only one.~~Just think of him as resting from sorrow and tears, in a place of warmth and comfort, where there are no days and years.~~Think of how he must be wishing that you could know today, that nothing but your sadness can really pass away.~~And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched and he was loved so much.~~I am sorry for your loss. May you find peace, strength, and love.~~Dorothy Bowling, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  A life well-lived doesn't end any more than the music ends, it echoes through time with whispers of beauty and grace. If we listen, we can hear the encore with our hearts, for the song plays on, just as love lives on. Just remember that grief cannot take away the happiness you shared, that sorrow will fade in time, but love remains forever.~~Deep and most heart-felt sympathy~~Bob Bowling, Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Apr 01, 2008
  The Soldier Poem---I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness...should I fail. I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging of cold fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love. I have cried, pained, and hoped... but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten. At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was...a soldier.~~In memory of Greg a true American Hero.~~Ed Meyer (U.S. Navy, Petty Officer, WWII Veteran)
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Mar 31, 2008
  There beside a grave she stands, a folded flag clutched in her hands. A silent teardrop on her face, her brave young child has entered grace. She does not hear the sermon said, just memories run through her head. The child she held so long ago, the child with faith she let go. The child who heard the nation's call, and in the end gave it all, without fear or thoughts of self, thoughts of freedom and little else. The bugle sounds TAPS in the wind, a mournful sound it does send. A reminder to us all, that for freedom, this price was paid, and her sweet young to rest was laid.~~In sympathy. May the blessings of love be upon you, may it's paece abide with you, may its essence illuminate your hearts, now and forever~~~Norma

Coan Louisville, Ky.
 


Prayers & Condolences For:
Army Spc. Gregory B. Rundell
BY Anonymous on Mar 31, 2008
  Think of me as one at rest, for me you should not weep. I have no cares, no troubled thoughts for now I am asleep.~~The living breathing me that was is now forever still, and time goes on without me as time forever will.~~Those of you who liked me, I sincerely thank you all, and those of you that loved me, I thank most of all.~~It matters not if time began or if time will ever cease ? I was here, I used it all and now I am at peace.
 
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Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother


Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.


Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.


Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.


John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.


Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.


Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff


John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen


Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.


Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you


Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise


Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.


Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.


Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.


Deora Bodley

rest in peace


James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.


Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family


John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!


Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V


Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.


Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.


Al Kaila T. Floyd

there is not one day that goes by where i don't think about you. Its been 10 years now but i know you are up there looking down on us.One day we will see us again. I miss you my mini usher.


Clayton L. Adamkavicius

He was a good guy...

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