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LCpl Ryan Joseph Cantafio
Birth: Dec. 17, 1981
Beaver Dam
Dodge County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 2004, Iraq

Lance Corporal Cantafio, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. A gentle, caring young man who loved to camp, fish, bike, draw, play his guitar, watch the Green Bay Packers play football and play with his dog, Clyde. More than that though, he was devoted to his family and his wife, Amanda. They met while both working at a local grocery store. He was leaving as she was walking across the parking lot. Their eyes met, and his truck stalled three times. He was 16 years old, she was 18. Ryan would buy her gifts, anything from an expensive necklace to a chocolate bar, with notes attached that said "I love you." They got engaged a little over a year later and were married on February 11, 2003. Together they bought a house and he went to work at his father's auto body shop. They wanted to start a family and had picked out baby names, but Ryan had joined the Marine Corps Reserves on September 11, 2001, and his unit was activated shortly after they married. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th marine Division, based in Chicago, Illinois. On Thanksgiving night 2004, Ryan volunteered for a special assignment near Fallujah, Iraq. His Humvee was ambushed and he fought hard to save the lives of his fellow Marines from behind his machine gun on top of the vehicle. Ryan lost his life, but saved the lives of the other four. Ryan's father renamed his auto body shop afterwards, to Ryan's Auto and in October 2008, a section of Madison Street in Beaver Dam was renamed "Ryan Cantafio Way" to honor Ryan. Ryan was good friends with Sgt Kirk Straseskie who died in Iraq the previous year. Bio by: Sue 
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Beaver Dam
Dodge County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Maintained by: Sue
Originally Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
Record added: Dec 01, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10024681
LCpl Ryan Joseph Cantafio
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