Time of Remembrance

Luke S. Runyan

Age:

21

Hometown:

Spring Grove, PA

Date of Death:

2008/02/17

Incident Location:

Baqubah, Iraq

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

CPL

Unit:

2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Lewis, WA

CPL Luke S. Runyan, 21, of Spring Grove, PA died February 17, 2008 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA. He died in Baqubah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his dismounted patrol using small arms fire.

Runyan, an avid hunter who also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, enlisted in the Army while he was a senior at Spring Grove Area Senior High School. Late last year, he re-enlisted for another three years. He deployed to Iraq last spring. “He had no fear of combat and I guess that was part of his training,” said his father, Marc Runyan, of West Manchester Township. “He once told me you go out on a mission and if you get hit, you get hit. If you don’t, you don’t. It’s as simple as that. He did feel very strongly they were doing an excellent job freeing the Iraqi people from al-Qaida.”

Runyan leaves behind a wife, Courtney, and their 1-year-old daughter, Brynn. The two met while he was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA.