Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Armand L. Frickey

20, of Houma, Louisiana.
Frickey died in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck his Bradley fighting vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, Louisiana. Died on January 6, 2005.

Frickey was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

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"Frickey you will be with me always. Soldier On!"
1SG Martin of Onset, MA

"Luke today is very much in honor of you sacrificing your life for our freedom. There is not a day that goes by that you are not in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace - my nephew"
Brenda Ardoin of Oakdale, Louisiana

"To the family of:Armand L. Frickey
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"We all honor your commitment for fighting for our freedom and your ultimate sacrifice for this cause. We will always love you. Rest In Peace"
Aunt Brenda of Oakdale, La.

"luke, something guided me here today. im not sure what. my husband is in basic training for the army right now and you have been on my mind an awfull lot lately. i hope you will look over derek for me. you were a fun "cousin" and i am sad that you arent here to hang out any more."
layla a couperthwaite. of houston tx

"I still remember walking across the parking lot of Noblesville High School with Luke to the Guard recruter after school. We would play basket ball with the recruter, then I would drive you home. We lost contact for a while until we ran into each other again in Ft. Sill. If I hadn't been in training I would have loved to hang out and catch up. Sometimes I wander if I hadn't asked you to come with me to the recruter if youd still be here today... I'm sorry"
Bill Collins of Greenwood, IN 2/150th FA

"I miss my little brother "Luke" more than words can say. I am shedding tears as I type this. Luke was a man of great resolve and determination. I do not know what terms he and God were on. But I know Jesus said the greatest love a man can show is to lay down his life for another. Luke has done this on a great scale as well as his comrades. I pray that God will honor that show of love with a place in Heaven when he finally opens wide the gates. Until that day let us Never Forget Luke and all the many others who laid their lives down as he did honorably and lovingly."
Eric Frickey of Houma, LA / USA

"Luke,
We have never met but I sure feel like iv known you forever. Your brother,who which now is my husband, keeps you alive through himself. If you are anything like your big brother you are an awsome person. We talk about you so much and Eric tells me stories about how he would drive you crazy with all the little things he does. He now drives me up the wall with his ways but I wouldnt have it any other way. We all know that the Lord has you in his hands. Until we meet again..."
Gelinda Frickey of New Orleans, La

"MY DEEPS SORROWS FOR THE FAMILY OF THIS GREAT MAN. BUT IT IS THE STRONG HARD CORE MEN LIKE THIS THAT SHAPE THE BACK BONE OF THIS COUNTRY.HE IS A HERO AND THAT IS THE BEST YOU COULD ASK FOR.THANK YOU AND YOUR ALL IN MY PRAYERS."
Ryk Frickey of Des Allemands LA U.S.A

"MY DEEPS SORROWS FOR THE FAMILY OF THIS GREAT MAN. BUT IT IS THE STRONG HARD CORE MEN LIKE THIS THAT SHAPE THE BACK BONE OF THIS COUNTRY.HE IS A HERO AND THAT IS THE BEST YOU COULD ASK FOR.THANK YOU AND YOUR ALL IN MY PRAYERS."
Ryk Frickey of Des Allemands LA U.S.A

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Armand L. Frickey:
Armand gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Once again I leave my love and respect for you, along with those of your Mom. You are continually in my thoughts.

Love,
Your Dad"
Vance P. Frickey of Colorado, USA

"Another year has come and gone Luke since you entered the "Kingdom of Heaven". All of us in the United States cannot begin to express our appreciation for you and all of our men and women defending our country."
Aunt Brenda and Aunt Paula of Oakdale and Marksville

"Luke, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you for your unselfish sacrifice to give your life for our freedom. Even though your life here on earth was so short, you touched so many people that had the privilege of knowing you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers."
Aunt Brenda of Oakdale, Louisiana

"I love you bro, and miss you. I still shed tears for you. Never forgotten."
Big Brother of Louisiana

"Hey Luke....
It's been some time since you have been taken from us but we have never let Brandon Forget you.. You were one of his Godfathers and Brandon still remembers you and talks about you and how you are in Heaven with Jesus now...Sometimes I don't know what to say when he asks why but Eric and I do our best to keep your memory alive through him along with the rest of the family...Brandon, is getting so big now and I wish he could spend time with you but I know one day he will meet with you again...I pray he grows up to be like you, and for that I will be so proud.. I just know you are smiling down on him, Niki along with the rest of the family and world.. Thank You Luke for all you have done here on Earth..Everyone misses you so much..."
Mary of Houma, La

"I didn't know him, but he is still a brother in arms."
CPL Hymel, C. J. USMC of Houma, LA, USA

"Luke,

I'll never forget goofing around in research paper class with Mr. Bryant. I never imagined the heroic legacy you would go on to be a part of. You were one of the bravest people in our class. You will never be forgotten. I know your in heaven now, smiling down on your family. Thank you for securing our freedom!"
Zach H. of Noblesville, IN

"Hi Frickey, I never met you but Patrick McElroy knew you as his best friend and he misses you so much. One day Patrick and I were talking about you and he just started crying. I started crying to because it hurts me deeply to see Patrick hurting. My heart still goes out to your family and your wife. They will always have my condolences. I will always remember the way packy talked about you. You were like a brother to him. I thank you and Patrick for fighting for our freedom. Love, Shamyra"
Shamyra of Houma,Louisiana

"Armand My Dearest Husband,
Febuary 3rd you turn 22 years old. I want the world to know and recognize/remember/celebrate you today. I gathered a group of people close to you and I and we celebrated your life. There were blue balloons and butterfinger icecream cake. We sang to you and blew out your 22 candles. I love you and I miss you. Happy Birthday Baby."
Nikki Frickey of Houma, Louisiana

"Hey Luke: Today would have been your birthday. We know that all of us left here on earth cannot celebrate with you, but God Almighty and all of your family that are already in heaven with you are having a grand celebration. You were such a special, caring, helpful, considerate, and loving person to everyone who had the privilege of knowing you. May God bless you."
Aunt Brenda of Oakdale, Louisiana

"Dear Luke, When I think about you I remember the summers you came down and stayed with us.I think about you and your cousins,Chris and Cody swimming and playing games together.I never thought that any of you boys would grow up to be a solider.We are very proud of you and your fellow soliders for fighting for our freedom.It's hard to understand why things turn out the way they do but I guess God needed you with him.Luke, you will always be in our hearts.I pray for you and all of our boys that are with you and the ones that are still fighting.We miss you.Niki if you ever need anything call us.We love you and I know we will see you again in heaven"
Love, Aunt Sue ,Uncle Dwight,Chris &Cody of Luling,Louisiana

"Armand,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other six soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Hey, Luke!

It's been a year, man. I have finally come to some sort of terms with your death - just maybe, God brings people who don't need as much spiritual "tuning-up" as the rest of us to His Home earlier. Or not :-)

A couple of things that have happened lately which brought your presence home to your Mom and me:

- while we were shopping for the little VHS-C video tapes our camcorder takes at Big Lots (so your Mom and I could go to see everyone back home, but before my insides decided to send me to the emergency room, CT scanner and doctors instead of Houma), we found "Matrix Reloaded" for 99 cents.

I mean, it was the genuine factory copy and everything, with the package inserts and hologram seals from the studio. I remember how much you and Nikki were into those movies, and we jumped on that deal; it really reminded me of when you were still around with us - so of course I snapped it up;

- today while trying to find a couple of CD-ROMs with some of my old articles and data on them, I finally found my copy of "America's Army" (the video game from DoD)... and not long after you were taken away from us we found a computer at a pawn shop that will run it, so I finally get the chance to play it and see what-all you were talking about.

I'm talking about playing the game, of course. In no way is a computer game or simulation an adequate or even remotely similar substitute for what you and your squad mates did every day, driving out not knowing if some cowardly Romeo Foxtrot is going to click his garage door opener and blow three artillery shells up under you.

And you guys lived through exactly such a full-on artillery shell explosion under your Bradley three weeks before it happened to you for the final time. You all dusted yourselves off, got into another track and went back to work.

It's amazing how, in the media circus after your death and that of your squad mates ("SIX, count'em, SIX guys from the SAME UNIT died at the SAME TIME!!! Quick editorial: LET'S CUT AND RUN!") no one in the national press paid much attention to you guys' just plain bravery and guts - that after surviving something that would have sent most of us looking for another profession on the other side of the world, you and the other people you worked with went back to work doing the same exact thing.

Why wasn't THAT news? Why wasn't it even MENTIONED by the people who were trying to spin your deaths into an anti-war trope? Idiots like Tom Brokaw burn incense before "The Greatest Generation," (such as my Dad, your grandfather Frickey, who spent WWII driving across Europe in a tank destroyer) - people who did indeed give all they had - and yet these same "journalists" ignore the gallantry and valor that you and our nation's other troops exhibit on a daily basis NOW.

You were right about the press's selective reporting of war news (leaving out anything which fails to confirm their biases); CBS News was all over us - for WEEKS - trying to get permission to weave your story into their antiwar propaganda show. They made no mention of your squad's (or any other squad's) gallantry - just a loop of wah-wah flute music in the background while grave nonsense was intoned by your least favorite anchorman on Earth.

God bless the National Guard and the Army, and all the wonderful people who helped us get to Houma from Denver and back, fed us and gave us a nice place to stay, and your many, many friends and the vast, overwhelming majority of your relatives who were there to do honor to you (or who honored you where they were - your old Scout troop in Indiana had a fine ceremony in your memory and Hamilton County has a plaque claiming you as one of its own, as well as Terrebonne Parish, of course - and St. Gregory Barbarigo Elementary honors you as one of their distinguished alumni) and comfort us - and the kind, kind lady who hosts this memorial site. May God bless and keep all of them.

I miss you, son, and words totally fail to measure the pride I feel in how you served your country. Nothing and no one will ever replace you in our hearts. It was an honor to know you, Armand Luke Frickey, and I treasure every second we had you here on Earth with us.

Your Dad,
Vance Frickey

Lord, take care of my son and perhaps place him in Your Great and Heavenly Army commanded by St. Michael, for he rejoiced in soldiering and in doing Your will."
Vance P. Frickey of Denver, Colorado, USA

"Sergeant Frickey, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I never met you, however I know you are loved and your lack of presence cuts deep to Nikki, I only hope and pray you are at peace and in dreams you may comfort your wife"
Chris of Norwalk,CT

"Hey Luke.. We are all so proud of you. I keep a picture of you in Brandon's room so that way he could remember you even when he's not with Eric.. I want Brandon to grow up knowing you were a very special person. You are a wonderful GodFather..."
Mary of Houma

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now you soldier,
how shall I deal with you?
Have you always
turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills just got too steep,
and I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the soldier waited quietly,
for the judgement of his God,

"Step forward now, you soldier
You've bourne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell"
Liz Corsetti of Moscow,ID,USA

"Dear Nikki, You are in my thoughts often. I know how much you miss Luke. I see the same sense of loss in Amber. I've been trying desparately to help her move on, and I think we're getting there. I wish that for you, too. I'm sure Luke would want that, also. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers often."
Angela Bergeron, mother of SGT Bradley Bergeron of Houma, LA

"I am as proud of you Armand 'Lukee' as a big brother can be. You used to look up to me as a child because I was bigger than you and more experienced. I now look up to you because you are the man I hope to be, courageous, responsible, intelligent, loving, never wavering in what you stand for. It goes without saying I will miss you until the day I die. I love you more than life itself as I love my own son. I know you feel the same for me, Dad, Mom, and for Nikki. I forgive you for any times you got your butt on your shoulders as I know you forgive me. More often than not we all did right by one another, we will always be family and nothing can change that. Thank you Luke for being my brother, for being my friend. I will try not to let you down as either. You will always be remembered, and honored in my heart, my home and my presence. Love always, Your Big Bro"
Eric Frickey of Never far, always South

"Deep sadness fills my heart for the loved ones of someone so dear as Luke. Our son,Daniel(Terry),and Luke were best friends through middle and high school in Noblesville Indiana.Many days both boys played video games, ate pizza and cookies, and tinkered with computers at our home or his. Danny loved him and so did we.When our 19-year old daughter died in 1999, Danny was comforted by Luke and his very special mother. We too know all too well the longing and pain such a loss causes. Luke will always be treasured by us as we remember his laughter, intelligence, and sweet personality. Treasured too will be the memory of a courageous young man who laid down his life for his friend, Daniel, and all of us in America who sleep safer at night because of Luke. History will show that Luke was among the young heroes who completely changed our world by bringing freedom to a languishing people in a far away nation, and protecting the lives of 300,000,000 Americans at home. We love you ,Luke, and your dear family."
Carolyn Terry of Noblesville,Indiana USA

"We still can’t believe you’re gone Luke, There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t pray for you and the loved ones you left behind. It doesn’t seem natural for children to die before their parents, but that is the way we humans think. God has his own plans and we know that you are with Him now in a land of “peace”. We’re so happy you and your family came to visit us before you left for Iraq. We enjoyed watching you eat the shrimp stew that tasted “almost” like Maw-Maw Chauvins! We will miss you and we thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
LOVE, Aunt Jenelle & Uncle Shelby
Des Allemands, LA"

"Luke I'm as proud of you now as I was the day you became my GODCHILD. You have always had a way of cheering us up just with your constant smile. I know the world is a better place for having had a man like you in it.ou will always be on our minds. Thanks"
your paran of luiling,la.

"My mother and Luke's grandmother, Maxie Chauvin, passed away on April 16, 2004. There is no doubt in my mind that she was waiting to embrace him in heaven on January 6, 2005. Luke and my mother had a very special relationship that was admired. Luke, even though your time on earth was very brief, all of our memories will live for a lifetime. I will always cherish you and Nikki's visit to my home before your deployment to Iraq."
Aunt Brenda Ardoin of Elton, Louisiana

"I know Sgt.Frickey was a good man and a good solider like my Bradley. I read Mrs.Frickey's article in the Houma paper and the email he had sent her. Their relationship sounded just like ours and I know that him and Brad are in heaven together. Mrs.Frickey, you can call or email me anytime because I feel we are in the same situation and can relate to and support one another during this most awful time in our life. My email is imthemary@hotmail.com. I appreciate your husband as a solider and as a friend to Brad."
Amber (Sgt. Bradley Bergeron's fiance) of Baton Rouge, LA

"I'm so sorry for your loss that words cannot express my sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who kwnew Luke. Rest in Peace Luke, You'll always be remembered even though I did not know you. You are A Real American Hero."
Christine of somewhere

"Luke, my son, I found this passage from A.E. Housman that speaks for me, and maybe the others who mourn loved ones to whom they felt they never made enough of a farewell -

'I wish one could know them, I wish there were tokens to tell
The fortunate fellows that now you can never discern;
And then one could talk with them friendly and wish them farewell
And watch them depart on the way that they will not return.

But now you may stare as you like and there’s nothing to scan;
And brushing your elbow unguessed at and not to be told
They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man,
The lads that will die in their glory and never be old.'

You died in your glory, Luke, doing what you felt had to be done. God bless and keep you, son.

Dad"
Vance P. Frickey of Denver, Colorado, USA

"Luke, one more try... you and the other guys in your squad laid down your lives for us. Son, I don't know how to respond to such an awesome sacrifice, except, of course, to do the little I can to help influence our nation's decision makers to follow through on what you and the others who were with you in that Bradley have done for us.

The election was a terrific success in Iraq - it's like you said... the Iraqi people are sick and tired of being governed by thugs and support what we're doing there - what you were doing when you died.

Al-Qaeda's people in Saudi Arabia are beginning to whine, too, about the number of dumb kids who have gone to Iraq from there to get shot by Coalition forces. Seems there's not as much enthusiasm for that gig as there used to be... or they're running short of Darwin Award candidates.

I think about you all the time, son, and I know you think about Nikki and your Mom and Eric and me, and all the other friends and family - who, by the way, love you too."
Vance P. Frickey of Denver, Colorado, USA

"Luke, I can't begin to tell you how much I miss you, and how proud I am of you. I wish I had a chance to relive the time we had with you, your brother, your Mom and me, because I would have been there more often for you all.

Please, Luke, forgive the mistakes I made and the times I was unfair or unjust to you and your brother. If I could undo those things, I would.

I love you and always will.

Your Dad."
Vance P. Frickey of Denver, Colorado, USA

"My sweet son Luke, You were born prematurely, you left us prematurely, but you also left us your smile, your quirky sense of humor, your endearing goofiness, your generosity. You left us the chance to know and love your wife. You left the indelible imprint of
your beautiful soul. I cherish it all, I, the mother of a Real American Hero."
Denise Gaiennie Frickey of Denver, CO, USA

"my fondest memory of you luke, is when you first came here to visit nikki. it was early in your relationship but even then you could tell how much you cared for nikki. i can still see you hugging her constantly and showering her with kisses. as long as i have known you, youve been such a sweet and kind man. the love that you and nikki share is something most ppl only dream of. the strenth of that love is what will help nikki make it thru each day. you will live on forever in her heart and ours. we miss you luke, you were taken way too soon. but i am thankful that God brought you into nikki's life, and ours, it was an honor knowing you. you are a true hero in every meaning of the word. I know you are up in heaven right now, watching over nikki and i know you will continue to be her guardian angel. God bless you Armand Luke Frickey. this world is better place because of you."
Kristi Hosep of Taylor, Michigan

"To Luke and Nikki
I want to thank you for sharing memories that we will never forget (Jeremy and I). I remember that when we went to Tx to see them, our hands were sweaty and we were so nervous just like we were going on our first date or something. Our soldiers mean so much to us, and not only the soldiers themselves make sacrifices but us as wives do too. When they leave they do take our hearts with them because they are a part of who we are; we are joined by God and are now one. To Nikki, stay strong and be proud to say I married a HERO!!! Love you gurl, Alisha"
Alisha Voisin, wife of Spc. Jeremy Voisin, 2/156th Inf "BLACKSHEEP" of Houma, LA

"Today is your birthday. 21 years old today. I can see you dancing all goofy to your funk music, endulging yourself in a butterfinger icecream cake, and drinking your irish creme liquer. Here's to 21 baby.

I think about you every moment I breathe. Because of you, I'm alive. It's hard...thinking about the future without you physically here, holding my hand, and nagging me to go on. I suppose in time I'll learn to breathe slowly. I'm going to go buy you a lottery ticket today. God, I know that's the first thing you wanted to do when you came home. Buy a lottery ticket and go gamble. "Baby, can I go to the casino when I come home." You were so cutewhen you said that. As if you thought I'd say no or something? You always get your way and I always make it happen. You're worth more than gold. And your memory is worth more than words. You took my heart with you that day, know that.
Forever, Your Wife"
Nikki Frickey of Houma, Louisiana

"To the family:
Luke is truly respected by me and my family, my cousin was Sgt. Bradley Bergeron, and i am very proud of our men. They are our true heros and Luke will never be forgotten. TO Lukes wife: we met at the St. Francis church memorial , and i would like to stay in touch, you can contact me at pinkypearl24@aol.com. may god bless and i love all of you."
Nicole Karpinski of Houma, Louisiana/USA

"To the family:
I send my sorrow for your loss. He was a true hero and he will never be forgotten! God Bless!"
Daryl Karpinski Jr. of Houma, LA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Armand, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My heart and prayers are with you all"
Win

"Luke was a fine young man, a loyal and dedicated member of our church while he was here, a member of our Youth Group, and a good friend. I admired his dedication to his family, to his friends, and to our great country. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, nor will his memory fade from us. It was a great blessing to have known him. He is a true hero. We will pray for his family as they deal with his death. May his soul rest this day in the arms of our Savior."
Father Tom Tirman of Noblesville, Indiana

"I`M SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS"
BEULAH GRIFFIN of LOCKPORT, LA.

"To the family and friends of Armand L. Frickey,
We are so very sorry for your loss. The 256th Infantry Brigade of Lafayette has suffered greatly. Please try to comfort one another and know that all over America and the world you are in our thoughts, tears and prayers. As an Air Force veteran, it was hard being away from my family and friends and I knew that there was always the possibility of having to make the greatest sacrifice but I found enormous pride and self-fulfillment in serving such a great country. I hope that through your pain you can find it in your hearts to understand the decision he made to serve his country and always honor his memory for the ultimate sacrifice he has made."
The Filbert Family of Lexington, SC

"To Armand's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Eric,Your brother(Armand)is and always will be a "Hero"...He will never be forgotten...You and your family are in my prayers,if there is anything I can do or if you need someone to talk to please call me..."
April of Galliano,Louisiana

"Thank you Armand for defending the freedoms we all cherish. We will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Armand Frickey, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Armand Frickey:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Armand for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Armand Frickey:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Armand, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on