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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, 1Lt Brandon Ratliff who was born in Ohio on October 27, 1972 and passed away on March 18, 2004 at the age of 31. We will remember him forever.


Brandon was a special person right from the beginning of his life.  I thought he was to good to be true always.  He always helped people whenever he could.  He went out of his way to please you.  He was funny, intelligent, thoughtful and very very patriotic.  He was the child that always had something to give you rather it was a rock, a hot wheel car or just his smile.  He was a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Football Player, Tennis Player, Swimmer, Soccer Player, Hiker, Collector of many things, Certified Scuba Diver, Lover of music, Wanderer, Historian, College Graduate, Debator and Soldier just to name a few.  He was a good friend to all who knew him and in his everyday job he worked to help the sick and the poor get the help they needed. He was a loving Son and a fine Soldier.  Most of all he was a Hero!  That is who Brandon was!  He was my gift that I treasured all the time that I had him.  He was always and always will be my purpose in life.
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Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
You are remember   / Tammy Swihart (Friend)
Dear Brandon, We remember you always for your service to our country. Your mother loves you so much and you would be so proud of her. I wish that emloyers would care about "the caregivers". You cared for our soldiers in a war zone and deserved be...  Continue >>
Thinking of you   / Liz Naman (Friend)
I was laying here in bed unable to sleep, feeling a little sad. Brandon popped into my mind, "stay alert and stay alive" I can still hear him say as if it was yesterday. He always put it in notes in our care packages he sent to us in Salerno. I cou...  Continue >>
For those who have lost someone.   / Susan Coats (Mom)
LORD I need your help to survive.  A part of me's gone but I'm still alive.  Let me not be obsessed with "if only's" and "whys".  Only you know the reason that somebody dies.  I must take time to weep, smi...  Continue >>
Family, Friend, Brother at Arms   / Jerry Murtland (Wife's Cousin )
I just found out about his annual golf memorial went to look for more info online and found this website. I can't tell you how low my heart feels right now after seeing all of mom's posts. I didn't get to know Brandon as much as I would have liked to...  Continue >>
Your Cries   / Susan Coats (Mom)
I continue to fight for your honor your name, with a city still failing to take any blame. You talked to co-workers, reporters, the press, all knew you were under unbearable stress. You wrote letters so pleading expressing your pain; you just wa...  Continue >>
The Soldier by Robrt Blackwell written for Brandon  / Susan Coats (Mother)    Read >>
My Friend  / Your Friend (Friend)    Read >>
Interesting Pastime  / Susan Coats (Mom)    Read >>
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN  / JOYCE BLANKENSHIP (AUNT)    Read >>
Birthday 2008  / Susan Coats (Mom)    Read >>
2008 Memorial  / Susan Coats (Mom)    Read >>
My Child on Mother's Day  / Susan Coats (Mom)    Read >>
We Walk This Road Together  / Patty J. Allen's Mom (POS)    Read >>
2008 March Memorial  / Your Mom (Mom)    Read >>
IN MEMORY  / Joyce Blankenship (aunt)    Read >>
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His legacy
His Honor  
I believe that part of Brandon's legacy is that he was always so honorable.  He was a friend to everyone who met him.  He was supportive and there for you when you needed him.  He always stood up for what he believed in.  He believed in his country, his family, his friends, and his God.  He volunteered to help those less fortunate then himself.  He worked harder then most.  He was brave and served his country with dignity.  His death was a wake up call to us all letting us know that we could not treat our military with such dishonor. He wanted everyone to know what had happened to him so others would not have to suffer like he did.  We would all do well to be as honorable as Brandon was.  He was an example to be followed, a soldier to be saluted, an American to be admired.
 
1Lt Brandon's Photo Album
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