Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John T. Fralish

30, of New Kingstown, Pennsylvania.
Fralish died when enemy forces opened fire on a U.S. patrol northwest of Methar Lam in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Died on February 6, 2006.

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"You are not forgotten my friend."
Brian of Virginia Beach, VA


I will never forget you. The brief time that I got to spend with you and Cynthia was a blessing. RIP. You will never be forgotten."
Nay (former HM) of Maryland, USA

"John, I can't believe its been 11 years since we met in HM "A" school and how our paths kept crossing. Just want you to know you are NEVER forgotten!! R.I.P"
HM2(FMF) Bridget R. Flores-Prince of Jacksonville, NC

"John,miss you brother!"
Jae of York, PA

"To the family of:John T. Fralish
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""

"John, I was just thinking of you today. Counting the years since you've been gone.And feeling so grateful to have had a fraction of your time. I love you Brother!"
JMS of Emporia, Ks

"My heart goes to the Family members....He gave his life so we can have ours..He may be gone but never forgotten....oorah HM3!!!!!!"
HM3 Johnson, Destiney of Douglasville, Ga

I never had the courage to work on your wall or to say what was on my mind, but you really were a true hero amongst all of us. It's funny how small of a world this is. I remember you from high school, although I went to Bishop McDevitt, some of my best friends went to Cumberland Valley. I recall running into a couple of times as a senior and remembering your intensions of joining the military. It wasn’t until almost 3 years later I put two and two together. I went about my daily life and took my first tour to Bethesda Naval Hospital, working as a floor corpsman in the iCU. I started out working nights there and wouldn't want it any other way. I got to see and work with some of my most inspiring patients I've ever worked with. In April of 2005, I was reading an article of "Docs" killed in action when I came across your name and noticed where you were from. I started to read a little deeper and realized who you were. A compassionate man with so much zest for life. Well, a few months later, I took my own deployment-to Afghanistan as one of the Marine Corps first ETTs. First time out, I knew something was funny. Well, when I got to the FOB, the name rang a bell but I just couldn't put a face to it. That night, I ate in the chow hall and saw your picture along with your name. I knew then that you were there among us. I thought to myself, how could such a small world, even though being miles apart, bring us to such a place. We grew up in the same town, knew the same people, and yet served in the same combat grounds. God has worked in crazy ways. I guess it was my calling. So, I did my tour and returned home. The whole time I was on leave, I kept thinking about a few years back, our conversation at a basketball game.

At this point a few years have passed and the days slowly drifted. I took orders to Charleston Naval Health Clinic and took over the position of The Citadel's Liaison for medical support operations. One day, after a condition hump, I started talking to one of the Marines and discussing our combat tours. Well, once again, God worked in his crazy ways. John, the guy I was talking to was on your team. He told me everything. It felt like I finally had some closure in this whole madness. This Marine, who you have touched with your very own life, is about to become a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. A humble man full of life, just as you were John.

So John, I leave you with this...a small town really is a small town, a small world, really is a small world, but without you in it, it's really nothing to any of us. RIP brother. Semper Fidelis""
HM2(FMF)Jeremy Hoyer of Charleston, SC

"John, you are terribly missed! I remember when we got deployed to Kuwait and I was terrified, I didn't know what to expect. You were the only one that gave me some peace of mind and helped me through it. You were a wonderful person that had the kindest heart and always wanted the best for everyone around you. You always put all others before yourself and had such a giving heart. We all miss you but also know that you are in a wonderful place watching over us!"
HM3 Laura Hinojosa, NMCP of Mcallen, TX

"John.....this is a little weird. I hope you can hear this. I miss you bro. I think about you all the time and all those boring days in Kuwait. You always had a smile no matter how bad things were. I meet with Andy whenever we can....and talk about you. I still carry your picture in my cover. Anne and I were in Carlisle last year and it was pretty heavy bro. You will never be forgotten. I miss and love you. RIP DOC"
HM2 (FMF) John Cope of Rota, Spain

"Hey Doc.. I never met you until today,I got a KIA bracelet with your name and I have read all the nice posts that have been left for you. I'm very proud to carry this bracelt in you honor.
Rest in Peace my friend as only the dead has seen the end of war.

Rangers, US Army.
Lead the way"
Oscar Lopez of Daphne, Alabama

"Semper Fidelis, Doc......your family should be proud, as you were a good man."
Chris of 26thMEU (SOC) NC

"Semper Fi Doc! Thank You for all you have done!"
Brett USN HM3(FMF) 93-99 of SAN DIEGO, CA

"Semper Fi Doc! Thank You for all you have done!"
Brett USN HM3(FMF) 93-99 of SAN DIEGO, CA

"Many days have gone by, but you're still in my thoughts. I remember doing sick call with you in Hawaii, and the horror I felt when I was told. You were an inspiration to so many Corpsmen in 3d Marines. I'll never forget you Captain America."
Navy Corpsman of Pensacola, FL

"I am very sorry to hear about your child’s death through the website Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We would like to invite you to join us at noon on this Saturday, May 17 at the Homewood Cemetery located in Squirrel Hill (1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – phone for directions 412.421.1822) to honor the fifth anniversary of the death of Gary G's (former WEDO disc jockey) daughter, Cathy, who died in a fire. Upon Cathy's death, Gary started Cathy G Charities to carry on her work with the local homeless (on streets and in shelters), Veterans Administration, anyone who has a need etc. I do pro-bono work as the charities Public Relations Representative.

Since Gary is a disabled veteran, he especially wanted to invite the relative/friends of fallen heroes to our memorial. We have invited others who lost their sons and daughters and Gary will be stocking the beautiful cemetery pond with 900 goldfish and releasing doves after reading the names of the sons and daughters who have passed on.

Thank you for your interest. You can reach me immediately by phone at 412.673.9443 or Gary at 412.583.8560 or 412.373.5687. Please let us know if you can attend and the name of your loved one. Also please inform us if you cannot attend, but want your son or daughter’s name mentioned at our ceremony."
Janet Fabyankovic of Monroeville, PA, USA

"September 30, 2007
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class John T. Fralish:
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

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
But don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

"Semper Fi Doc!"
SGT Alagna, Robert P of Bagram, Afghanistan

I would 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.

Semper Fi Doc!"

"An old friend. We spoke quite often years ago, I had fallen for you. I recently came across your name, excited to maybe rekindle old feelings for such a wonderful man. You changed my life for the better, and served our Country well.

I'm proud of you, John. I miss you. I love you. You're one in a million. And You will Never leave my heart.

My best wishes and condolences to your family."
Tara of Washington, DC

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
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"You are sooo missed by everyone who knew you. you made everyone that you met feel so good, we miss you so much."
HM3 McElhinney of Virginia Beach, VA

US Navy Sailor

"Semper Fi Doc."

"fra- damn dawg i cant believe it was u when i heard da news.i remember how when we were deployed to kuwait and u had on all da armor and stuff. i hate that u died but glad u did it doing what u loved. u will always be in my prayers and thoughts forever. see u in da sky"
david everett of canton,ms

"Thank you John Fralish, 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class John Fralish:
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 Petty Officer 3rd Class John Fralish:
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