August 6, 2020

Purple Heart


August 6, 2020

SSG Ryan Davis

A Story of Bravery and Resilience

We salute SSG Ryan Davis, the son of Dana and JP Davis, Principal Partner at Healthcare IP, Edmond Oklahoma, for his service to our country and the heroic efforts of his fellow Army Rangers on August 16th, 2019 that saved his life. Ryan grew up in Edmond, graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and played 4 years of college baseball. After spending 2 years working with his Father in Healthcare IT, Ryan felt a strong calling to serve his country and immediately enlisted.  

For those who know Ryan, it came as no surprise that he excelled and became a member of the coveted and elite Special Operations 75TH Ranger Regiment. Ryan served in every position from a Rifle Man to Weapons Squad Leader in a Ranger Platoon. Ryan is respected and loved by family and friends far and wide, and we wanted to honor and thank him for his bravery and selfless service to our country.

Ryan had 4 deployments to Afghanistan and 1 deployment to Syria.  It was on his fifth tour of duty, during a raid in Afghanistan, when an IED was detonated and triggered a grenade on his hip. Ryan was gravely wounded and if not for the heroic measures of the Ranger Medics conducting the 75th Ranger Regiment’s new ROLO program, receiving emergency blood transfusions from his brothers on the battlefield, he would not have survived. The explosion took both legs, his right arm, right hip, and right pelvis, but did not take away his fight and determination to live and see his wife Asia and son Knox again. He was on the battlefield for nearly three hours, before a medivac could transport him to the closest hospital, due to heavy gunfire around extraction sites. It was a race against the clock for Ryan’s survival.  In unprecedented measures, the rapid response trip to evacuate him saw a level of in-flight critical care that had never been seen before. He was flown 8,000 miles from the combat zone to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. The 20-hour non-stop flight with in-flight refuels and constant dialysis was needed to save this warrior’s life. Ryan has endured 30 life- saving surgeries and nearly 300 units of blood, and in true Army tradition he never stopped fighting.

Life is short, and God only gives you what you can handle. Always say I love you to your loved ones. Take trips, travel, and explore with your family. You never know when all that can change. Do not take it for granted.  I started to ask why, and then realized it is because I can. This was given to my family and I because we can.  We will live our new normal as powerful as before, all with the good Lord walking with us.

SSG Ryan Davis

Although challenging rehab work  still lies ahead, Ryan feels blessed and grateful to be alive. As grueling as rehab has been, he is on the road to recovery. He quickly mastered the art of gritting his teeth in pain, camouflaged as a humorous big smile. Once rehab is complete, Ryan looks forward to returning to Savannah with his wife and son, and 1/75 as an Army Ranger mentoring young Soldiers. Although his daily duties will change, his faith, determination, positive energy, inspirational attitude, competitiveness, and love for his country is an inspiration to all. Even though the events of August 16th were life changing for Ryan and his family, he remains driven to positively impact the lives of others and those that wear the uniform defending our county. The word hero will never be uttered by SSG Ryan Davis when speaking of his outstanding and exemplary service to our country. He will tell you it is his brothers who did not survive and make it home that carry that honor and recognition. Savannah GA will soon be welcoming home one of our very best, one that is red carpet worthy.              

Read more about Ryan’s inspiring story at Military.com.