Ryley was 19 years old when he was killed in action while serving as a corpsman in the US Navy. He was a newlywed, an avid fisherman, and a born patriot with a trademark smile. He was passionate about helping others and even served in a firefighter recruit program while in high school.

Character Strength Story:

Honesty - Ryley was driven by a strong moral compass from a young age. As a kid, if ever he did something wrong, he was most likely going to tell on himself rather than wait for someone to discover what he had done. His conscience required that he be transparent and honest with everyone around him.

Humor - The last night I saw my brother was early 2011. We spent the evening walking around Chicago, seeing the sites, and catching up. We were having a great time cracking each other up and just making up for the time we hadn't seen each other while he was in boot camp. I think about that night often and I'm so glad we shared that happy memory together before his deployment.

Kindness - Ryley was a very giving person. He knew he wanted to serve people and help them through their worst days. He was already in a firefighter recruit program before he joined the military. He trained to be a corpsman in the Navy. And he planned to serve as an EMT after the military so he could continue using his skills and knowledge in the service of others. Ryley died doing what he wanted to be doing: serving others.
- Submitted by Zack, Surviving brother, Puerto Rico Expedition 2023 

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