FORT BRAGG, NC — Two U.S. Army Rangers were killed in action April 23 during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Sgt. Ronald Alan Kubik, 22, a native of Brielle, N.J. and Sgt. Jason Anthony Santora, 25, a native of Massapequa Park, N.Y were both seriously wounded in a engagement with an enemy force in Logar Province, Afghanistan.
Both Rangers were treated immediately by unit medical personnel and evacuated to the nearest treatment facility. They later succumbed to their wounds.
Sgt. Kubik, enlisted in the U.S. Army in Philadelphia, Pa., in March 2007. He served in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment for more than two years as an assistant machine gunner and as a rifle team leader with Company D.
Sgt. Santora, 25, a native of Massapequa Park, N.Y., enlisted in the U.S. Army in Fort Hamilton, N.Y. in March 2006. He served in 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment for more than three years as a mortar platoon ammunition bearer in Headquarters and Headquarters Company and as a rifle team leader with Company D.
“Sergeant Kubik and Sergeant Santora were Warriors, true Patriots and absolute Heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our Nation,” said Col. Michael E. Kurilla, commander, 75th Ranger Regiment. “They were the epitome of the Ranger Fire Team Leader – fearless, leading from the front, and always concerned for their men. Winston Churchill said it best, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Sgt. Kubik was on his third deployment in support of the War on Terror with one previous deployment to Iraq and one to Afghanistan.
Sgt. Santora was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror with one previous deployment to Afghanistan and two deployments to Iraq.
“Sergerants Kubik and Santora were Ranger leaders of the highest caliber and brothers-in-arms who died fighting together,” said Col. Dan Walrath, commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “Their actions exemplify the fighting spirit of the Army Rangers and we will be eternally grateful for the examples they gave us in life.”
Sgt. Kubik is survived by his father Ronald A. Kubik of Hazlet, N.J., his mother Eileen M. Kubik of Pleasant, N.J., and his sister Amy L. Kubik of Brielle, N.J.
Sgt. Santora is survived by his father Gary Santora of Medford, N.Y., his mother Theresa Santora of Massapequa, N.Y., his sister, Gina Santora of Medford, N.Y., and his uncle Ralph Fico of Massapequa Park, N.Y.