The Crabtree-Kovacicek Veterans House honors Lance Corporal Ryan Kovacicek - A Hero Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

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Lance Corporal Ryan J. Kovacicek - What Heroes are Made Of

Lance Corporal Ryan J. Kovacicek was more than just a Marine.  As a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania he majored in criminology and dreamed of being an agent in the FBI.  He was a ferociously competitive hockeyplayer, first with the Southpointe Rink Rats, then at Bishop Canevin High School, and the Hockey Club at IUP.  Ever active, he loved skiing and golf and spending time with his friends and family.  But “Kov,” as people called him, also had an infectious smile that would light up a room and a contagious wit that kept his many friends laughing.

LCpl Ryan Kovacicek service jacket photo.

LCpl Kovacicek was a Marine to his core.  His college major of criminology and his plans for Marine Officer Candidacy School underscored how seriously he viewed being an American.  He was open to what the future held for him after he served.

The September 11th attack on the World Trade Center that shocked America also shook something in Ryan’s soul.  He was activated in the Marines shortly after 9/11 while a junior in college.  He was ready to protect the freedoms he had never taken for granted even as a young boy.

Lance Corporal Kovacicek was a Marine to his core.  His college major of criminology and his plans for Marine Officer Candidacy School underscored how seriously he viewed being an American.  He was open to what the future held for him after he served.

 LCpl Kovacicek was deployed to Iraq in March 2005 with the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines Kilo Company.  On Sunday, July 10th 2005 in Hit Iraq, LCpl Ryan Joseph Kovacicek was killed in combat.  He was 22 years old when he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  He will always remain young in our hearts.

Life cannot be measured by months, years or even decades, but by the principles we stand for…especially the principles we care enough to die for.  Ryan’s short but extraordinary life is a profound testament to the commitment a soldier makes to his country….and reflects great credit upon Ryan, his family and the USMC.

May 7, 2019
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