2/75th Ranger RGT (Barraza & Brehm) Special ED.Bracelet
You are purchasing a handmade 550 Paracord Survival Bracelet. These are 2/75th Ranger Regiment bracelets in memory of our fallen brothers, SSG Ricardo Barraza & Dale Brehm, KIA Ramadi, Iraq; March 18, 2006.
This bracelet is black and OD, a variant to the black and tan colors of the 2/75th Ranger Regiment to individualize the bracelet dedicated in the memory of Ricardo Barraza and Dale Brehm. The standard design is just under 9 inches. Standard bracelets use about 10 feet of paracord. [This item can be custom sized to order. Most wrists sizes vary between 7.5 inches and 9 inches. This item can be made smaller or larger.] Please note your preference at time of checkout.
Staff Sgt. Ricardo Barraza, 24, was a squad leader assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash. He died of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in western Iraq on March 18, 2006.
After graduating from Shafter High School in Shafter, Calif., Barraza volunteered for military service and entered the Army Aug. 5, 1999. He completed One Station Unit Training, Airborne School and Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, Ga.
Assigned to 2nd Ranger Bn. in March 2000, Barraza served in every position of a Ranger rifle squad.
Barraza was a six-time veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, deploying three times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, and three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal with a two-knot rope, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Korean Parachutist Wings, the Jordanian Parachutist Wings and the Ranger Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.
Barraza is survived by his parents, Francisco and Nina Barraza, and two sisters, Amanda and Rachel, of Shafter, Calif., and another sister, Jamie Barraza, and a brother, Frankie Barraza, of Sunnyside, Wash. His fiancé, Meghan K. Harrington, and her daughter, Kayla, of Lacey, Wash., also survive him.
As a Ranger, Barraza distinguished himself as a member to the Army's premier light infantry unit, traveled to all corners of the world in support of Global War on Terrorism and fought valiantly to "uphold the prestige, honor and high 'esprit de corps'" of the Ranger Regiment.
Sgt. Dale Brehm's thoughts were turning away from war in the desert last month toward a new home and the beginnings of a family.
The Army Ranger was on his sixth tour of duty in the Middle East, three in Afghanistan and three in Iraq. He had only two weeks to go before he was scheduled to rotate out of Iraq and only three months before he left the military behind and returned to civilian life.
On March 18, Brehm, a native of Turlock, Calif., and other members of his unit were attacked with small-arms fire in the town of Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Baghdad.
Brehm, 23, and Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Barraza, 24, of Shafter, Calif., were killed in the fight. Both were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
Brehm died three days short of his 24th birthday.
On Thursday, Brehm, with much of his immediate family in attendance, was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
"He was due to get out in July," said his stepmother, Linda Brehm of Turlock. "He came to the decision that he was ready. In 2 1/2 weeks, he would have been home from his tour. He was starting to plan to build a house."
Brehm graduated from Turlock Adult School in 2000 and was a five-year Army veteran, joining on Feb. 15, 2001.
His stepmother said he was a popular high school student without a great deal of direction before he began to think of the Army as a career path. "He saw a recruiter and was really excited about it," she said. "He planned to be a Ranger almost from the get-go. It was a dream for him, and he fulfilled his dream."
After Ranger training at Ft. Benning, Ga., Brehm was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. His first three tours were in Afghanistan. One member of his 2nd Battalion was Cpl. Pat Tillman, 27, a former National Football League star killed by "friendly fire" in Afghanistan in 2004 after giving up a lucrative career with the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army.
Linda Brehm said her stepson and his wife, Raini, a Modesto native, would visit between his assignments, though little was said of what he did in the Middle East in his role as a rifleman, grenadier and team leader. But she said she could see a gradual, positive change in him with each visit.
"Everyone got to see the changes as he went from a boy to a man," she said. "It was fun to be with him. He liked to have a good time, to have a beer and relax."
Linda Brehm said that she and Dale's father, Bill, were having coffee one Sunday morning last month when they saw two uniformed officers approaching the front door. She said she knew that something was wrong.
The Army gave little information about what happened in Ramadi the day that Brehm was killed. But it was, and is, a dangerous place for an American soldier to operate. U.S. troops occupy rooftop positions, from which they watch the alleyways and streets below for suspicious movements. Men wearing ski masks routinely fire on American troops in the town.
In the aftermath of his death, Brehm's company commander, Maj. Jasper Jeffers, described him as someone who "demanded that the men around him give nothing less than 100% with every task."
Besides his numerous awards and decorations, Brehm was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and two Army commendation medals.
In addition to his wife, of Steilacoom, Wash., his father and stepmother, he is survived by his mother, Laura Williams of Riverbank, Calif.
Another memorial service will be held at Ft. Lewis upon the return of Brehm's unit from Iraq.