Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry

28, of Lorena, Texas.
Fry died from an improvised explosive device in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on March 8, 2006.

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"To the family of:John D. Fry
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""

"Subj: 05/03/10 VACO Broadcast
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry only had a week left in Iraq when he
injured his hand. He could have gone home with a Bronze Star. Instead, he
volunteered for one last run to defuse bombs. After working seven hours,
Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry was killed March 8, 2006 by an improvised explosive
device. Now, a new scholarship program named after Fry will allow his three
small children and those of other servicemembers who died on duty in Iraq and
Afghanistan to apply for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Beginning this
week children of service members who died in the line of duty after September
10, 2001 can receive education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The
Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship amends the Post-9/11 GI
Bill to include the children of service members who died in the line of duty
after Sept. 10, 2001. Eligible children attending institutions of higher
learning may receive payments to cover their tuition and fees up to the
highest amounts charged by a public, in-state undergraduate institution. A
monthly living allowance and books and supplies stipend are also paid under
this program. VA will begin to pay benefits under the Frye Scholarship Program
on August 1, 2010. Eligible participants may elect to receive benefits
retroactively to August 1, 2009, the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill took
effect. A dependent may be married or over 23 and still be eligible. Eligible
children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level. They
have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on their 18th birthday, and may use
the benefit until their 33rd birthday. Fry's wife Malia said that when people
asked him why was in Iraq Fry told them "to help the children.""
D. Kondora of Denver, CO

"Dear Fry Family, We pray for you all everyday. John will not be forgotten. IN CHRIST,"
Pam Danny Reid of Saginaw,Tx.

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry:
John 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I have worn Gunny Fry's bracelet since it was first available. I had specifically wanted a Gunnery Sergeant's bracelet, but simultaneously hoped that none would be available. The honor of wearing the bracelet is a double-edged sword. It's a distinct honor to take responsibility for ensuring that Gunny Fry's memory is forever cherished, but it's equally tragic that it is his memory that we have and not him. As I walked the monuments and memorials of Washington DC, for National Police Week 2008, I felt a renewed commitment to cherish Gunny Fry's sacrifice, and never let him be forgotten. His memory goes with me, on my wrist, every hour of every day; every shift that I work. SEMPER FI!"
Trooper Erik Wickman, #457 of Tacoma, WA (USA)

"Dear Family of John D. Fry - I know this is a late posting, but please know that your son, husband, father, will not be forgotten by those of us in this awful "club" which have lost someone very close to us as we send our men/women to fight for a better life for others, and for us. I don't know how long you cry - I still do. But I am also happy to remember my son, LCpl Chad B. Maynard, KIA Ramadi, Iraq on June 15, 2005. Hopefully we will find ourselves smiling more, and crying less, but never, ever forgetting. Bless you and your family, and thank you for your service to our country."
Cindy Smith, mother of Marine LCpl Chad B. Maynard, KIA June 15, 2005 and Sgt. Jacob N. Maynard, Camp LeJeune, NC of Westminster, CO

"I only had the pleasure of meeting John once, but he left a lasting impression. His loss will be felt throughout our community for many years to come. My Wife and I offer our condolences, and pray that you can find peace in this difficult time. John will NOT be forgotten."
Michael and Amy Chapman of 3rd EOD Platoon

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, John will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"My deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May God grant you the strength needed to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"Thank you John Fry, 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 Gunnery Sgt. John Fry:
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 John 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 Gunnery Sgt. John Fry:
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 John, 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