Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Luke P. Frist

20, of West Lafayette, Indiana.
Frist was part of a convoy that was struck with an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. He died of his wounds at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. Frist was assigned to the 209th Quartermaster Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Lafayette, Indiana. Died on January 5, 2004.

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"It was an honor to escort him home. May God continue to protect your family."
Jay Schreiber SFC (Ret) of North Carolina

"SPC Frisk,
It was an honor to serve with you at TQ in Iraq. I was on many convoys with you and I can still remember the day your convoy was hit. You are a great American. RIP SPC Luke Frist."
CW4 (RET) Shawn Lueders of Huntsville, AL

"Luke,
On today, the 13th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I was the gunner in the lead truck on your security team that morning and the first to your side. I will never forgive myself for failing to identify the IED that eventually took your life. To you and your family, I am sorry."
Tim S. of Texas

"To the family of Luke, when I think of Memorial day I think of a flight many years ago when I was the Flight Engineer on a C-141 bringing back our wounded. Luke was one of these men and we
flew direct to San Antonio to get all the men the
much needed care . For Almost 10 hours we
received reports from the nurses in the back
of the plane on the patient status. Most of our
heroes had burns and required us to maintain a
very high temperature in the rear of the plane
because the burn patients could not maintain their own temperature. I am not sure why but I took
special interest in Luke and would keep praying
for him and of course I would.d pray for them all
but I followed Lukes progress throughout the
flight. I made 80+ flights like this one and I am still
not sure why I followed Luke so close but I did. I
landed in San Antonio and returned to my home in
Ohio and checked to papers to find out that Luke had passed. Please accept my condolences and remember he will never be forgotten in my heart.
CMSgt David Dillon USAF"
David of San Antonio Texas

"Happy Veterans Day, Brother. Thank you for your sacrifice. After all these years, you still reamain in my heart. I remember going to your memorial service at Ridgeway, and how hard it was to hear them do the roll call. I broke down when they played Taps. You will never be forgotten."

"Mr & Mrs Frist, It was an honor to escort Luke home. I still think about you and the respect Luke received during his journey from San Antonio."
Jay Schreiber, SFC (Ret) of Chocowinity, NC

"To the family of:Luke P. Frist
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""

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY, I WOULD LIKE TO ONCE AGAIN SEND MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS TO THE FRIST FAMILY. WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOUR FAMILY'S SACRIFICE."
1SG(Ret) Vaughda Wooten of Sandy Hook, KY

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Luke P. Frist:
Luke 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

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Frist;

Just want to take a moment on this Memorial Day to remeber your brave son, Luke. Not a day goes by that I do not think about Luke. My Name is Major C. Allen Huff, a Nurse, I took care of your son in Iraq. I had a bracelet made with his name, city and state and the day he past away. I wear it all the time. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to care of your son during his time of need. I just want you and your family to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless both of you. And in my book your son is my Hero."
Charles Allen Huff of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Dear Denny and Patty,
I just wanted to say that luke is always on my mind, and that his selfless service keeps me going when times are tough. You guys are like a 2nd family to me and i love you like my own. I pray for you and luke everyday. You are some of the strongest people I know of. I will NEVER forget."
Pfc.Gretencord of 25th inf 2-27 Hawaii

"Dear Frist Family,

I wanted to write and let you know that Luke is not forgotten. I am a former soldier and my wife is still in the National Guard. I have worn Luke's Hero Bracelet every day for the last 18 months (since receiving it). I wear it to honor Luke and the other men and women performing their duty. I am asked frequently about Luke and the bracelet and this helps others to recognize the high price of freedom. God Bless Luke, your family, and all of the other families of service men and women! Luke will not be forgotten!"
Lance Kidwell, U.S. Army Veteran of Las Vegas, NV

"Luke is forever going to be missed. Real nice fun guy who was down to earth. One of my brothers in arms. Always had a positive attitude. I'll miss ya bud."
Favreau of grand rapids,MI

"To All knew Luke,
I think of you still and hope you know that he will never be forgotten by those who served with him."
PFC Hammock, Tanya Formerly 209th QM CO of Currently Iraq (again)

"Frist Family,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are still with your family. We have not forgotten your sacrifice or Luke's contribution to our freedom. As a retired soldier, I know that freedom sometimes demands the ultimate price and I know that Luke was willing to meet that demand. In this time of unrest and so much anti-war protest, our soldiers are being forgotten and their sacrifices denounced. That is not what Luke, nor any soldier who gave their life, would want. They need to be honored and remembered, not used as a vehicle of protest. Thank you for recognizing that he was a soldier and hero. Our prayers continue to be with your family."
1SG (Ret) Vaughda Wooten of Sandy Hook, Kentucky

"Luke, I go day to day woundering if this is a dream that I am going to wake up out of. You were my inspiration to joing the military. It is so hard to believe that a year ago I was at home handing a buddy of mine their last salute. I always knew that I would have to hand it off to some one someday, but I never imagined it would be you. Frist Familiy, Always know that I am always there for you guys. I miss Luke Greatly. The pain just never seems to get easier, but only worst. May Luke rest in peace and our pain subside. Love you all!!!"
A1C Zachary D. Griswold of Pope AFB, NC USA

"Frist Family:
It's been almost 1 year since Luke was taken from us all...He will never be forgotten but he will always be loved not only by family and friends but by Americans like myself that will always support our troops....Soldiers like Luke & also the ones who did come home breathing I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.....God Bless You all...you are all in my thoughts & prayers......Love Always"
Maria Teresa Alvarado of Lafayette, Indiana

"im very sorry about luke .Im writing a essay on heros and your son will be in it. He is a true HERO !!!thankyou"
sarah of Indiana

"dear frist family
i am truley sorry about the loss of luke. he wasnt just a leader to but he was also my friend. he was the type of solider who everyone went to for anything at all. he was a role model for myself and younger soldiers. when i came home someone called me a hero, i simply turned to her and said: no miss, i am not a hero, a hero is someone who has paid the ulitimate sacriface for freedom. no miss i am not a hero i am just a soldier doing my job. your son was a hero and you and your family will always remain in my prayers."
PFC Hutchins, Albert of 209TH iraq

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

"Thou I never meet your son, he was a fellow soldier. I truly hurt for your loss. I can tell you first hand that his choice to be in the military and his actions in Iraq will never be in vain. He is a true HERO!!! And to the family: You are always in my prayers. Patti, you are true civilian HERO!!! You are an inspiration to many and to myself. THANK YOU!!!"
SGT Wall, Nicholas A. Army NG of Indianapolis, IN

"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, Luke, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"To the Frist family,
He was a great friend and i will always remember him. He always knew how to make all of his friends smile. Myself and others have memories with him which we will never forget. He is a hero in my book. May he rest in peace."
Mathias Datzman of Lafayette Indiana

"Mr. & Mrs Frist

You son was a valient solider who deserved more praise then he would ever give himself credit for. He was an example to all follow soliders and an excellent friend. He will be missed in the 209th."
PFC Suchecki of Iraq

"SPC Frist:
Thank you for fighting so that all of us in the U.S. can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"I am sorry about your son and your brother. He sounds like a brave soldier. He sounded like an active guy in everything that he could do. I don't know how he died, but I'm sure it was in peace. I am very sorry for the death in your family."
Jenna Dwiggins of Greensburg, IN. Decatur County

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Frist and Family,

I was so sorry to hear the loss of your son. I am a Fisrt Gulf War veteran that lives in Remington. I am always sad to hear the loss of a fellow soldier especially one with in the local area. I wanted to attend the memorial for your son Luke but was ill with the flu. I am so glad this was set up so I could relay my sorrow for the loss of your son. It is a great tragedy that you and your family have to carry. No words can express my sorrow and my prayers go out to you and your family."
Vincent Sanders of Remington, IN.

"RIP Brave one"
The Taylors of USMC NC

"I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Luke will not be forgotten. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers."
Donna of Al Dhafra AB

"I am so sorry for your loss. I am in the military as a Chaplain's Assistant, and deployed near the same location. A few days ago we had a motivational speaker, Dave Roever who had just came back from the base were your son was at, and he told me what had happened. I just wanted to let you know we were praying for your sons safety and that he would make it though his accident, and I am very sorry that he didn't. Your family is in all our thoughts and prayers here at Al Dhafra AB."
Jennifer Rose of AL Dhafra AB

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. Thanks to Luke for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! We Will NEVER FORGET"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"To Dennis, Patti, Johanna, and Erin--
We are terribly saddened by the loss of Luke. Please know how proud we are of your son and brother. With our deepest sympathy,"
Travis & Lacy Park of Gainesville, FL

"To the Frist family -- our hearts are so heavy for you and we want you to know how proud we are of Luke. Luke is a true hero and will always be a hero in our hearts and everyone that knew and loved him. Our prayers are with you all through the darkest days ahead but know that Luke is walking beside you in every step you take.
We love you Luke.........and God Bless you all"
Randy and Norma Rowland of Remington, Indiana

"to the frist family,

i am truly and deeply mornful of your loss. your son was someone that will never be able to be replaced. i am at a loss for words when it comes to things like these. i do not know what to say as a friend or a leader. your son was one of my favorite soliders and made being in the army worthwhile. i will never forget joking and wrestling with him. i am sorry that i was not there at his greatest time of need. you have my condolences. i will never forget you look in my heart or mind."
bill stafford of al asad airbase iraq

"Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. He is a hero."
wife of a fallen soldier of shelbyville,IN

"Thank you Luke Frist, 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. Luke Frist:
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 Luke 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. Luke Frist:
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 Luke, 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