Body of fallen soldier from Richmond returned to U.S.


RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 22-year-old Richmond native has died serving in Iraq.

The Department of Defense says Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley died Saturday in Ninawa Province, Iraq, in what the department describes as a “non-combat related accident.”

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His death remains under investigation.

Riley was a graduate of Henry Clay High School in Lexington and was in their JROTC program.

Spc. Riley was a fire control specialist (13J) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

According to the Army Times newspaper, Riley enlisted in the service in October 2016. He was promoted to the rank of specialist in October 2018 and arrived in Iraq in December.

The newspaper says Riley’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

Governor Matt Bevin says flags at state facilities will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Riley’s interment.