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Old 10-13-2009, 17:45   #1
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SSG Buck Rietkerk


Buck was one of our mechanics in 10th SFG (A) from about 1998-2003, and 1-10th SFG(A) 2004-2008. This was on a Pimblegram today.

Buck was one of the squared away support guys that always took good care of the team guys. He is truly missed.

There's room at my place for any QP's needing a place to crash, should you wish to attend the Memorial Service here at Ft Bragg. Shoot me a PM.

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Subject: Memorial Ceremony for SSG Buck Rietkerk

3d Special Forces Group (Airborne)

will conduct a

Memorial Ceremony

in memory of

SSG Buck Rietkerk

at the

John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel

15 October 2009 at 1400 hours

Fort Bragg, NC

(910) 432-8334

Uniform: Duty Uniform
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Old 10-13-2009, 18:16   #2
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Published: 06:06 AM, Sun Oct 11, 2009

Man drowns in Carolina Lakes subdivision lake
A staff report

A man drowned Saturday in the Carolina Lakes subdivision, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

Buck Reitkerk, 30, of Sanford, was found dead Saturday morning in a lake, according to a news release. Reitkerk was boating with a friend when he fell overboard just before midnight, according to the sheriff's office.

First responders from Harnett and surrounding counties launched a search for Reitkerk shortly after midnight, according to a news release. His body was found at 7:30 a.m.

No additional information was available.
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Old 10-13-2009, 23:41   #3
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:22   #4
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RIP Brother and prayers to the Family..................
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Old 10-14-2009, 03:55   #5
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RIP SSG Rietkerk, Vaya con Dios..
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:20   #6
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Rest in Peace, SSG. You will always be missed and NEVER forgotten. Thank you for your service.
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:46   #7
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Old 10-14-2009, 06:54   #9
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I've been in tears about this since Saturday.

Buck worked with my 18E's first team, and my son is godfather to his youngest daughter. Buck had asked him to go fishing with them, but he couldn't make it, so they had made plans to get together the next day. This has been very hard on my 18E.

RIP Buck. You will not be forgotten.
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:45   #11
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In pace requiescat SSG Rietkerk.
You ask; What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.” You ask; What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.-Winston Churchill
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:55   #12
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Buck H. Rietkerk
SANFORD, N.C. - Staff Sgt. Buck Henry Rietkerk, age 30, passed away Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, due to a boating accident.
Buck was born on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 1978, at St. Benedicts Hospital in Jerome, Idaho. He was raised in Wendell, Idaho, and graduated from Wendell High School in 1997. He then reported for duty in the Army two weeks later. Buck earned his Special Forces Green Beret in 2005. He married Tatiana Alcocer of Bolivia in 2004. They have two daughters, Bianca Malena, 3 years old, and Isabella Grace,2 years old. Buck was proud of his career as a Special Forces Green Beret. He was a true athlete and sportsman who loved hunting, fishing and trapping.
Buck is survived by his wife and two daughters living in North Carolina; his parents, George and Nancy Rietkerk of Wendell; brother, George Rietkerk of Twin Falls; and niece, Jadon; brother, Jeff (Marsha) Rietkerk of Wendell; brother, Zach Rietkerk of Twin Falls; sister, Margaret Rietkerk of Wendell; grandparents, Henry and Cleo Rietkerk of Wendell; grandmother, JoEllen Goedhart of Jerome; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Buck is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Maxamul and Anna Maria Alcocer of Hope Mills, N.C.; brother-in-law, Max Alcocer of Georgia; brother-in-law, Antonio Alcocer of Texas; sister-in-law, Brenda and nephew, Ricardo of Sanford, N.C. Buck was preceded in death by his grandmother, Margaret Rietkerk; and grandfather, Sam Goedhart.
The funeral is being arranged by Lafayette Funeral Home in Lafayette, N.C., and a memorial service will be held in Wendell at a later date.
Buck's family will be compiling a memory book for his daughters to remember him by. Pictures or stories for this book can be brought to the memorial service, mailed to Buck Rietkerk Memorial, 3166 E. 3500 N., Twin Falls, ID 83301, or posted on the Internet at buckhenry.advancedtechnology.pro.
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Old 10-14-2009, 13:21   #14
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Rest In Peace SSG Rietkerk!!

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