BATON ROUGE, LA, USA U.S. Marines LCPL, HQ CO, RCT-8, 2D MAR DIV, CAMP LEJEUNE, NC FALLUJAH, IRAQ 01/05/2006
Ryan S. McCurdy’s mother described her son as physically energetic since he was a child.
Even the preschool teachers remember me having to wrestle him to get him take medicine when he was sick, said Jan McCurdy. She noted that his nickname was Dirty because he seemed to attract dirt. He was just always playing rough, she said.
McCurdy, 20, of Baton Rouge, La., died Jan. 5 of wounds from small-arms fire in Fallujah. He was assigned to Camp Lejeune and his older brother is also a Marine.
A 2004 high school graduate, McCurdy was a second team all-district catcher in baseball, a center for the football team and also played soccer.
Principal Peter Barnes said McCurdy was happy-go-lucky. I never saw him angry unless it was about a ballgame; he was passionate about sports, he said.
Jan McCurdy said she thinks her boys’ interest in the military started when they were young. There were Marines guarding a building where their father, Stan, worked.
I told them that the Marines were angels protecting their father. I told them that the Marines are the top, and they always want to be the best, she said.