Each day, we will randomly highlight one service member’s life, and include links and stories. We choose to never forget, and this is our way, before the run, to remember our fallen service members.


Gregory B. Rundell, 21, was serving as a Specialist for the Army when he was killed by enemy sniper fire while manning a guard tower in Iraq.

A 2004 graduate of North St. Paul High School, Rundell was “a unique spirit” who told his mother serving in Iraq would be excellent training for his goal of becoming a police officer. “Please don’t shed a tear for me,” he wrote. “Don’t worry. I don’t want tears of loss, but tears of happiness for what I was able to do.”

“If you want a good life, you gotta sacrifice more of your soul and body. If you want a extraordinary life you must sacrifice everything just to get a little bit of heaven.”

Joanne Richardson said her son did just that.

“He is a hero in my heart and life,” she said. “I stand tall and brave because my son stood tall and brave.”

About 70 people with strong Minnesota ties have died in connection with Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Information for this story was acquired from the Star Tribune.

Additional links where you may learn more about Gregory.
Faces of the Fallen
In Remembrance