Tribute to Rick May

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Rick May, the inimitable voice of the Soldier for thirteen years, many shorts and countless updates, passed away this April at age 79. We were lucky enough to work with Rick many times in the studio over the past decade. A quick-witted and kind-hearted collaborator, Rick endowed the character with a trademark bellow and bootfulls(sic) of idiotic charm. The Soldier wouldn’t be the Soldier without him.
TF2 Official Website, posted May 4, 2020

With the May 1, 2020 Patch, Valve commenced a month-long tribute to Rick May. Rick May, who passed away on April 8, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19,[1] was the voice actor for the Soldier. For the month of May, the main menu class image was set to the main menu Soldier image, and the soundtrack selection was set to Saluting the Fallen, which is a rendition of Taps, a traditional salute performed at funerals and memorials of members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Rick May served in the U.S. Army in Japan, where he coordinated United Service Organizations (USO) shows.[2]

Valve also placed 29 Soldier statues within most active released maps. These are bronze statues of the Soldier saluting on a marble pedestal with a plaque that reads "Rick May / 1940 - 2020 / That was a hell of a campaign son!". Random voice lines of the Soldier play as players linger around the statue. These statues reappear every 8th of April.

On May 4, 2020, the TF2 Team at Valve posted their respects for Rick May.

A permanent tribute was added to Granary on August 21, 2020, featuring the severed heads from the Meet the Soldier short as well as a Soldier statue.

Soldier statue locations

Voice lines

Lines Spoken by the Soldier Statue

Update history

May 1, 2020 Patch

  • Added a tribute to Rick May, voice of the Soldier.

August 21, 2020 Patch

  • Updated cp_granary with a permanent Soldier statue.



  1. Rick May's Wikipedia article
  2. Diane Wright, Stage chameleon tackles role of Teddy Roosevelt, The Seattle Times, September 14, 2005, p. H23.

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