Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Nichole M. Frye

19, of Lena, Wisconsin.
Frye died in Baqubah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device struck her convoy. She was assigned to Company A, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Died on February 16, 2004.

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"Though I never had the honor of meeting PFC Frye, her loss to the 415th was felt years later; and to this very day."
LTC (Ret) Andrew Harter of Rockford, MI

"Remembering your daughter today 16 Feb 2015. I lead the 415th CA Bn Honor Guard at her ceremony in Lena. I met you also at the inscription ceremony at Ft Bragg. To let you know even after eleven years Spc Frye and you are remembered often. And words still escape me in expressing my condolences as they do also with others who served with her. Thank You!"
Msg (ret) R. Hyder of Leonidas MI

"On this 11th anniversary of your passing, just wanted to say RIP SPC Frye."
COL(RET) John J. Baranowski of Port Republic, MD

"You and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers."

"...still after all this time, your daughter, sister, family member, friend has not been forgotten. I met her after she came home to rest and helped at the funeral. From the outpouring of love, I knew she was an incredible soul. God Bless."
M of WI

"I CAN NOT STOP THINKING OF YOU MY HERO"
SANDEE of LENA

"I weep for your loss."
John Gorman, USMC(RET) of Hampton,Ct

"Nikki has tugged at my heart strings since we brought her back from Iraq. I was on the aircrew of the C-141C Starlifter who had the honor of flying Nikki out of that hell hole in the desert. I couldn't help but to read about Nikki's service when I got home and it tears me up to know a young woman lost her life over a miserable bastard like Sadaam, BUT her death was not in vein as she played her part in putting smiles on the faces of Iraqi children and other people.

Nikki's Facebook page by mom, Lisa: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nichole-Marie-Frye-Memorial-Page/134216283260386?sk=photos"
Ernest Poulin, TSgt, USAFR Retired of Burbank, CA

"To the family of:Nichole M. Frye
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. She 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""

"Dear Mr.& Mrs Frye. I served in Baquba until NOV2003. I heard of your daughters passing and I think of it often. I am so very sorry. My thoughts are with her and you. Kind Regards."

"Mr. & Mrs. Frye,
It is June 2010 and not a day goes by that I don't still think of your Daughter, Nichole. I had the honor of serving with her in Iraq. Her memory will live in my soul and weigh on conscience as long as I live. She was an incredible person"
JB

"It is 22Dec2009 @12:00am. This is the very first time that I read all the messages, all the LOVE, and PRAYERS, from the people that was with Nichole in Iraq,and the people that we never knew or met. I found out through the death of Nichole, how many people WILL NOT LET the memories of our FALLEN HEROES DIE along with them. It's so amazing to see and to hear all of "OUR EXTENDED FAMILIES" concernes and prayers, KEEPING THEIR MEMORIES ALIVE.......GOD BLESS and THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY MUCH."
Jayme and Lisa Frye, parents of SPC NICHOLE M FRYE of Oconto, WI

"MEMORIAL DAY WAS ANOTHER SAD DAY FOR THE FRYE FAMILY. I SAW THEM STANDING STRONG AND PROUD AT THE GRAVE OF OUR
FALLEN HERO AND FRIEND, NICOLE. BLESS THEM, OUR COUNTRY,AND OUR FAMILIES."
SANDEE of LENA

"I was there that day. I was at Camp Scunion assigned to 1-67 AR, across the street from Warhorse. After the explosion QRF was dispached to the seen not a mile away from the camp's front gate. I was the driver of the first HMMV. I will never forget this day. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Nichole."
Bryan Taylor of Ft. Hood TX

"My name is Travis Truesdell. I was a medic at War Horse. I helped take care of Nichole and the wounded soldiers that were with her that day. I was new to the army and still to day I remeber her. Her name has never left my mind. Her sacrfice will never leave my heart. God Bless her and her Family"
Travis Truesdell of Tryon , oklahoma

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Nichole M. Frye:
Nichole 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

"As we were looking for scholorships for veterans for the financial aid dept. in Casper Wy. We came across this and would like to send our condolence."
kristi of casper wy

"On this Memorial Day 2007, I wanted to tell the Frye family that we in the military will never forget your daughter and the thousands of Soldiers who have given their lives for our beloved country. I never met Nichole personally, since I took command of the 415th after the battalion returned from Iraq. But the unit put a plaque in her memory on the wall outside of my office, every time I walked in and out I would see her face. I feel like I got to know her over time, I can see her face in my mind right now. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you on this special day, as they will be forever."
COL John J. Baranowski of Port Republic, Maryland

"Wow, it has been almost three years now, really hard to believe. I remember Nichole when she first joined our unit at the 432d in Green Bay, a young girl happy to serve her country. Her loss profoundly touched me, to this day I wear her KIA bracelet - everyday in honor of her sacrifice."
Your fellow soldier of Madison, WI

"Always amazes me to the resemblence of the Frye's. I didn't know Nicole, in this life but I am sure I'll see her in the next. Thank You for your sacrifice. Freedom isn't Free"
Michael Frye of Colorado Springs, CO

"I worked with Nichole for a short time at Wayne's Restaurant in Oconto, Wisconsin. I don't know what kind of soldier she was, although I have a good idea from reading the other poster's messages. I do know what kind of person she was. She made the dinner rush fun. When all of us waitresses were stressed out and ready to scream, she would come up with something off the wall that would get us all laughing. She was always willing to grab a tray if your arms were overloaded, always willing to help when she saw someone with a need. I didn't know about this website until just recently or I would have posted long before this.
i just wanted to let you know that not one day has passed that I haven't sent a prayer up thanking the Lord for allowing me to know Nichole and thanking Nichole for allowing me another day of freedom. In my family, she will always be remembered as a hero
God Bless you and your family."
Anne Truitt of Gwinn, Michigan

"My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Nicole M Frye.
I came across the Grey Eagles web site which maintains details of all the fine decent young female soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice.
May God grant you solace in your hour of need and remember that Nicole is there looking over you.
It is a terrible time of danger that we are living in. Here in Europe we have also felt the wrath of enemies and despite what some think ordinary Europeans who remember the excesses of Hitler and Stalin are grateful once again for the support of the U.S.A.

May God protect all U.S. soldiers around the world and bring them home safe."
John Brennan of Dublin, Rep. of Ireland

"Don't look to our 'leaders', but simple, ordinary Americans do not forget. Will never forget the Heros.. and the Heroines."
Anonymous of Maryland

"I remember the first time i really met nichole ( the butcher of Baqubah as SSG whelan called her) i had just found out that i would be joining their team. I got to spend alittle over a month with her getting to know what ever she would tell me about her family and friends. Ill never forget FEB 16th. I remember pretty much everything that happend that day like it was yesterday. I have spent many nights waking up in tears remembering that day. My scars will forever remind me of nichole. I visted her last Feb. I will miss it this year because of my deployment to Afghanistan but i plan on being there every year after this to stop by and let her know that i will live every day for her. I will wake up every day and think of nichole and live my life to the fullest because i know thats what she would want. I cant even beging to explain how sorry i am for your loss. I will never forget that day, i will never forget your family, and i will never forget Nichole and what she did for our country."
Eli Coman of Grand Rapids, MI

"To the family of Nichole M. Frye:
First of all I am so sorry for your loss. I never even knew this web site existed or I would have contacted the family long ago. I find myself thinking about Nichole a lot lately. What most often comes to mind is a picture of her, Sgt. Herrick, and myself sitting at some makeshift table and chairs we had put together in the back of our tent area. We were waiting to go to Baqubah, but that day belonged to us, like we did not have a care in the world. She never talked of being scared to me, but I remember her telling me she was proud to be in the Army and she loved being in Charlie Company. She fit right in and it always seemed like she was happy. The only time she would get mad was when she thought she might not get to do something with the Company. If some of the Company was going somewhere you had better let her know, because if you didn’t she would sure give you an ear full when you got back. I can tell you this, we all loved Spc Frye and we miss her dearly. About two months after the attack we believe we caught the ones responsible for her death. I know we can’t bring her back, but know that there is a great deal of Soldiers out there who truly miss her.

My deepest sympathy,"
SFC David, Donald of Kalamazoo,Mi.

"To the Family of PFC Nichole Frye:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses. We would like your permission to put PFC Frye's name on a cross. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for your loss. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Nichole M. Frye:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"We knew you, grew up with you and miss you! Nelson recieved your scholorship award and is following in your footsteps. I am sure you will watch over him from a peaceful place."
Janet Ragen of Pound, WI

"NICOLE,IT HAS BEEN OVER A YEAR. THERE IS HARDLY A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DO NOT REMEMBER YOUR SMILING FACE STANDING IN MY CLASSROOM DOOR,SO PROUD TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY.HAPPY EASTER NICOLE. I MISS YOU. I KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE PROVED TO BILLY AND CRYSTAL HOW GREAT YOU ARE."
SANDEE SEEWALD of LENA,WISCONSIN

"My name is SSG Struckhoff and I was in the convoy that fatefull morning of the 16th of February 2004. We, members of the 418th and 415th CA Bn's, were getting ready to return to Tikrit at a 0830 hours when at the last minute, a group from the 415th and the 422nd decided to piggy back with us out to Warhorse.

PFC Frye was requesting that she be allowed to go along. Someone from the 415th told her she could. She was willing and eager to get out of the wire that morning. She had a serious demeanor and yet was all smiles.

We headed out at 0930 hours after a short delay. PFC Frye was driving the trail HMMWV. It had recently been up-armored.

Shrotly down the road the inevitable happened. Myself and SGT Nathan Craft were in the vehicle ahead of her's and were the first on the scene.

I won't go into any more details.

I must admit, not a day goes by that I do not think about that fateful day. February 16th, the day we lost PFC Frye and..... my son's birthday, it was his 5th. It is forever burned into my mind.

I cannot tell you how deeply saddend I am by your loss. But I just wanted you to know that she was doing what she wanted to do and what she loved to do. Serving her country to the fullest of her potential.

She was ambitious and extremely strong willed. She truly will be missed by everyone who knew her."
SSG Jimmy Struckhoff of 418th Civil Affairs BN, Belton Missouri

"If anyone that wants to contact our family email me at frye1011@yahoo.com"
Bill Frye ( nichole's brother) of Oconto, WI

"I am Nichole's brother and i want to say thanks to everyone who helped in the funeral."
William Frye of Oconto, WI

"I was the senior Civil Affairs officer for 2nd Brigade, 4th ID in Baqubah, Iraq when Nichole was killed (Feb. 16, 2004). This Wednesday marks one year from the attack, and I just discovered this site. Sadly, I don't remember meeting her in life when her group stopped briefly at Camp Warhorse a few days prior to the attack (though I'm sure she was there). On the morning of Feb. 16, I arrived on the scene along with the Brigade Chaplain about 15 minutes after the incident, just as Nichole's body was being taken back to Warhorse. Upon returning to camp, I had the sad honor of being the last senior officer to see her before she was returned to the US for burial. We held a memorial for her a few days later. It was very professional and a touching tribute to this fine soldier. At this event, as in many others we had held before this, we created a fallen soldier memorial out of boots, an upside-down rifle, helmet and "dog tags". Many people assume that these are the fallen soldier's items, but these are actually "donated" for the memorial event, as the soldier's items (minus the rifle) are actually shipped back to the States with the soldier. I mention all of this because it was my honor to loan my dog tags to this tribute. To honor Nichole and other fallen heroes, I continue to wear them every day, even now that I have returned to civilian life. Not many days go by when I don't think of her and others we have lost.

If desired, Nichole's family or friends may contact me at RLGRANT03@AOL.COM."
LTC Randy Grant, USAR of Colorado Springs, CO

"A year ago, this coming Wednesday, was a bad day for me, and for a lot of my friends. I spent that day, and seven months full of other days in the dirty, run-down city of Baqubah, in Iraq, where I was working as a reconstruction project manager for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Not that being in Iraq on the 16th of February of 2004, was any worse than being there any other day. What made that a bad day, was the death of one of our soldiers, Private First Class Nicole Frye.

I did not know “Nicky” well, and she did not know me at all. I was just one of the civilians already working in the football field-sized compound down in the middle of the city, when she arrived with the rest of her unit, the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion. I’m sure that, in time, we would have become friends, because at the CPA compound in Baqubah, we all worked closely together, and because our compound was so small that everybody knew everybody. We shared discomfort, our work, and danger on a daily basis. We were a close-knit group. So when newcomers arrived, we welcomed them, showed them around, and got to know them.

We lived on the compound, but our work often took us beyond its walls. My own work required that I visit construction sites in areas where some of the people (but not all) were not too fond of us. The duties of the Civil Affairs soldiers took them out into those same areas because CA worked with the Iraqi people, and that’s where the people were.

My observations of Nicky, in the short time she was with us, were mostly of her working on her vehicle. She was the driver of a “gun-Hummer”, which is short for “High-Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle”. I’d spent some time in the military, and so I guess I noticed things about soldiers that old soldiers notice. Nicky was always in a proper uniform; she kept her vehicle well maintained; and she had a good attitude. A soldier’s lot in a war zone is anything but fun, but I only remember seeing her one time when she wasn’t smiling. And that was on the morning she died.

It was a beautiful morning. I was out early to oversee the delivery of some 7,000 space heaters to a camp of refugees (“displaced persons”, in Army lingo), who camped in some ruins outside of town. When we arrived back at the compound, our two vehicles had to be searched for any explosives which might have been attached to them while we were out. Since this normally took some time, and since it was a nice day, I told the drivers that I would walk in, and that I’d see them inside.

As I walked through the security zone of concrete blast walls, I noticed that an Army patrol of three or four hummers was formed up and waiting for my vehicles to finish being searched, so that they could depart. My path took me alongside the out-going patrol’s vehicles, and in the passenger side of the second hummer, I saw the 415th CA’s battalion commander, a young major whom I had met just days before. I stopped to say hello, but he was busy talking on the radio, so after a short pause I continued on my way. I remember thinking, as I walked away, how the major’s driver wasn’t smiling today. It was Nicky Frye.

She wasn’t smiling. She appeared determined, confident, and focused. If she was afraid, I saw no sign of it. She was ready.

Like a good soldier, PFC Nicole Frye had been up since well before dawn, preparing her vehicle for the mission. Checking the radios, arming the machine gun, getting briefed on the route the patrol would be taking, as well as on the reason for its going out. She didn’t question the mission; she just did her duty, the best she could. That’s what good soldiers do.

Not long after the column moved out, we heard an explosion off in the distance. Since this was not an unusual occurrence in Baqubah, we went on about our work, until we got a report that our patrol had been hit by an “IED”, a road-side bomb, and that a female soldier had been killed. As the morning wore on, we learned that the same blast had seriously wounded the major and two other soldiers. We also learned that, on my mission just minutes earlier, my two vehicles had rolled past the same IED twice. Perhaps the insurgents decided we were moving too fast. Perhaps they simply preferred to wait for an Army vehicle.

In the year since that morning, much has changed for me. I have returned to the cubicle office world from which I departed for Iraq. I don’t jump at loud noises any more. My wife doesn’t worry about me so much. But I think often about all of the good that we accomplished, and about what it cost us. I think about my daughter who was the same age as Nicky Frye, and I wonder if my daughter would have been as good a soldier as Nicky was. I think of the pain that Nicky’s parents have endured since her death. I hope that some day their pain will soften, and that in its place there will only be warm memories of their daughter and pride in knowing what a truly great kid they raised.

I went on-line awhile back, and I read some articles that appeared in the local newspapers shortly after Nicky’s death. There was a quotation in one of them to the effect that Nicky’s death was “such a waste of a young life.” More than anything else, that statement has haunted me.

PFC Nicole Frye was a good soldier. Like good soldiers have for over two hundred years, she took a soldier’s chance, and she did her duty the best she could. Like hundreds of thousands before her, she has given it all. Her sacrifice was no more a waste than that of any soldier who was killed on D-Day. As those who died in past wars bought her freedom, so has she has paid the price of freedom for generations of Americans to come. God help us on the day when our young people consider the price of freedom a waste!

I was an infantryman for over twenty years. I retired from the Army ten years ago, but I quit my current job and went to Iraq because I wanted to help, and because I wanted to see with my own eyes. What I saw made me proud. I was proud of Nicky Frye when I saw her in the last minutes of her life. I was also proud of her fellow soldiers who, on the morning after they had lost their commander, and three of their friends, got up, put on their equipment and went back out that gate. They are all great kids.

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? Who will go forth for me?”
And I said,
“I will go. Send me.”
- Isaiah 6:8"
Bruce Moore of Peachtree City GA

"I know that it is tough to live without Nichole. But I am related to her and I didn't even know her or who she was until my cousin Jamie (James) was on T.V. And I said "Dad, Isn't that Jamie?" He said yeah that is. Then Nicholes' Picture was shown and my dad and mom started to get all teary eyed. I am starting to get teary eyed myself just typing this. After that day no one was the same in our family. That was a little over nine months now and I know that this is the first Chirstmas without her. It will never be the same around here!!! Bless Her Soul For Fighting For Us!!!

She is dearly missed Forever and Alway..."
Sara Carriveau (one of Nicholes' Cousin) of Lena Wi

"Frye Family,
Nichole was a member of the BN who relieved us in Tikrit. Her death really shook all of us and made us appreciate all we made it through. My thoughts are with you, God bless."
SGT LeAndra Pedersen of Woodland Hills, CA

"Nicole thank you for defending what to often I took for granted.It took loseing 4 of my 8 friends to show me that are right to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness has a high price.To Nicole's family always remember that Nicole's death was not in vain."
a fellow morner of san angelo,texas

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

"May the good Lord bless her soul, grant her eternal peace and Bless your family forever."
R. Perez of Brooklyn, NY 11206

"My condolences to the family from a former psyoper. God bless"
Clint Deriemaeker of Coon Rapids, MN

"NICHOLE was a wonderful younge woman who fought hard, strong and true. Her death touched all of us who fought with her, knew and loved her. I will always remember her smile."
SPC Sharla Cohen of 425TH (418th) Civil Affairs, San Luis, CA

"To the family of Nichole Frye,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Words cannot begin to heal your sense of sadness. Remember her laughter and smiles. Her ultimate sacrifice for our freedom is something to behold.
The pain will be there for a long time. But she will be remembered by many."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

"To the family of Nichole. Our prayers go out to you. Brave young soldiers like Nichole will always live on as heroes."
Maynard Kurszewski of Ishpeming, MI, USA

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

"Please excuse our typo, we meant no disrespect to Nichole."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Nichole's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Joshua watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Rest in Peace Brave Solider. You are the bright shining star in the sky we see everynight when we look up to heaven."
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To the family of Pfc. Nichole M. Frye, we thank you and Nichole for her service to this country, and to Iraq. How blessed we are to have soldiers who are willing to put there lives on the line in the name of "freedom". I have a son in the Army as well, and I cry every time I see we loose one of our children, husbands, mothers,wives sisters, and brothers. God Bless you for your sacrifice. May God be with you in this most difficult time."
Family of SPC Mitchell R. Warriner-Hansen of Hillsboro, Oregon

"Thank you Nichole Frye, 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 Pfc. Nichole Frye:
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 Nichole for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Nichole Frye:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Nichole, 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