Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacob L. Frazier

24, of St. Charles, Illinois.
Frazier died from wounds sustained in an ambush in Geresk, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois. Died on March 29, 2003.

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"I'm running a 1/2 marathon on 10/8/16 and honoring American Heroes along the way. I've been asked to honor Jake at mile #7"
Mike Daggett of Carmel, IN

"To the Frazier family:
Ten years later and your loved one, Jacob, is still rememebered. I'm currently training at Maxwell AFB. Yesterday our COTS class we went to the Enlisted Hertiage Hall. There I saw KIA arm bracelets and was immediately compelled to purchase one. I received Jacob L. Frazier's. I wear his name proudly on my right wrist to remind myself daily of the greatest sacrifice he gave to our great nation. A sacrifice that others continue to risk everyday. We all have a greater purpose and Jacob will make sure I never lose sight of that. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
2dLt Brittany E Page of Charlotte, NC, USA

"Where have the nearly 10 years gone since you left us? Marcus has followed in your footsteps, Jake. He is now a Sgt. in the WI National Guard. I know you were his guardian angel when he was deployed and will be again next year. We think of you often and the boys have their wonderful memories of you! You will always be our hero and never forgotten!"
Anne Sulskis of Keshena, WI

"Jacob went to the high school I'm currently attending (freshman year). I heard only brief things about his story, but reading more of this brings tears to my eyes - it is an amazing sacrifice he made, and his family is in my prayers. Rest in peace, Jacob!"
Dannie of IL

"My husband and I were both in the Army National Guard, since 1999. We got married in May 2002. His unit out of West Frankfort, IL, asked for volunteers for a mission of which they didn't even know the details. He volunteered right away in Jan. 2003. They got sent to Peoria, Il, to take over guarding the airbase while the Air Force soldiers went to Afganistan. He left in late Feb, early March.
I recently signed up to run the Soldier's marathon at Ft. Bennington, GA, in Nov. 2012. I found Jacob's name, did a double take when I saw where he'd come from. My husband had essentially taken his place so Jacob could go over and fight. It stills gives me chills. Needless to say, his name will be on my bib and I will be running in honor of him.
I was deployed in March 2003, and, of course, was very scared. For me and my husband. We were apart for 2 full years, but I wouldn't take back one single day of that time if it meant your son didn't have to die. Thank you for your sacrifice, from one veteran to another. You are greatly appreciated."
Amy Carter, Cpl, Army National Guard of Nashcille, TN

"Jake - we all miss you and were proud to have served with you in Geresk. We will never forget."
John - CAT10A of Lake Villa IL

"Brother, I think about you everyday...truly not a day goes by when you don't cross my mind. I sit with you often and think about all the good times we had and remember how you grew from a young go getter with plenty of thrust but not enough vector into a hard charging warrior with a focus on the mission that was so intense. I will always remember that day at Kandahar and the words you told me...in a way we both will stay there forever...thank you for that conversation it meant the world to me and I will never forget your words. I miss you brother...you will always be remembered"

It has almost been 8 years since you gave the "Ultimate Sacrifice" and I still think about you and our times together at the 169th. I miss you brother and will never forget the incredible friendship you brought to me and many others in your life. I have never seen a man more loved by family and friends to this day and will never forget the times we had. R.I.P. my friend!!!!!"
Bulldoza of Tulare, CA USA


It has been almost 7 years now since you gave it all for your country. I happened to come into work tonight at the community college to a display of combat boots belonging to all the Illinois service men/women that have given their lives in Afghanistan. Without even having to look for yours, there they were..right in front of me. "Jacob L. Frazier, 24, Saint Charles."

You are missed to this day and will never be forgotten. Thank you for looking over all of us and we will see you again one day, Brother."
K.F. of Illinois

"Jake, watch over Marcus as he follows in your shoes in the National Guard. He soon departs for Iraq. He loved you and looked up to you when he was little as his babysitter. Now be his guardian angel. We love you and miss you."
The Sulskis Family of Keshena, WI USA

"Hey Buddy been thinking of you alot lately. Missing you and your family everyday. Still as hard today as it was yesterday but your in a great place and we will see you again. Love the boys 169th ASOS"
cwb of 169th ASOS

"I salute your dedication to this country and the ultimate sacrifice you made to protect and defend freedom. I have been wearing a KIA bracelet in your memory for the past 2 years and will wear it for the rest of my life. I know you are in a better place."
Kristofer T. Fernandez of Pompton Plains, NJ USA

"Almost 5 years later, every ROMAD knows the name Jacob Frazier and his sacrifice. The same will hold true 50 years from now."
A1C D. String (USAF TACP) of Atco, NJ

"July 4, 2007
To the family of Jacob L. Frazier. Jacob 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

"Jake, I think about you every day of my life. I will never forget us just being kids, growing up together and listening to music and laughing...having fun, as we always did. I wish you could have been with us through all these fun times, but words will never explain my deep appreciation for what you have done for us. I love you forever Jacob. You have been deeply missed but I know your spirit lives with us everyday. See you one day my friend ,JL"
Jonathan Lesher of Genoa IL

"I knew Jacob when we were children in elementary school, in Medina, OHIO. I truly believe in what Jacob passed for, he is a hero among heroes. God bless him. And Jake, always remember the good times as kids, that is what you fought for. You will never be forgotten by some in Medina."
MGK of Cleveland, OHIO

"To Jacob's Family,
I was so touched to read your loved one's story. You see, there are so many people that talk about one day doing something that will be remembered forever. Well, I think Jacob did just that and I will always remember him in my prayers. I currently serve in the Virginia Air National Guard, and am proud to say that I serve and continue to serve with soldiers like Jacob."
Lt. Hanna of Centreville, VA

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friend. John 15:13

The "Jacob Frazier TACP Joint Terminal Attack Controller Award" was announced today, 15 Feb 2007 during a ceremony at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon.

His is an example for all of us..."
MSgt Scott Orrico of Morton, IL

"I first stumbled upon Jacob as I was typing my full name into Google. I was honored when I saw that I shared a whole name with a military hero. My wishes, prayers, blessings, and so much more are with Jacob and his family and friends. I wish I was able to meet him, and someday, I'm sure I will be able to."
Jacob L. Frazier of Manassas, VA.

"I personally did not know Jacob, but we attended the same high school and I know his younger brother. Thank you Jacob for defending our freedom, you did not die in vain and will be remembered forever.

Thank you. My thoughts go to the Frazier fmaily."
Melissa of Houston, TX

"I am swearing into the United States Air Force this Friday. I am trying to sign up as a TACP, which is what SSGT Frazier did. Seeing this and reading about his death frightens me, but I'm not going to back down. My best goes to the Frazier family and I hope SSGT Frazier has a special place with Jesus in heaven. Please pray for our troops and their safety! God bless the United States!!!"
Joshua Schlichting of Dover, Delaware USA

""Memorial Day" 2006
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"Jacob was my cousin but he was more like a brother to me. I will always remember joking around at family gatherings, but also having heart to heart converstions with him after my Dad died. He was a great listener and had a way of making you feel safe and loved. I am lucky to have known him for 22yrs of my life and am saddened that that is all I will ever have. I am incredibly proud to be related to such an amazing man. I did not know him as a soldier and so I will miss the Jacob I knew.. my cousin..my friend."
Abby of Chicago, IL

"I recently witnessed the graduation of my son from BMT at Lackland Air Force Base. While I was there, he and I spent some time at the BX. While ordering him a completion jacket, I saw these bracelets sitting on display.
I was in Afghanistan from June 23rd 2005 until March 17th of 2006 as a civilian contractor. I was on the Karzai Protection Detail along with the Embassy Protection Detail. So as I looked at the bracelets I looked for a person lost in Afghanistan to continue my connection to those I worked with and the connection I have to that place. I saw SSgt Jacob L. Frazier and just knew I was supposed to have that. I wear his braclet with an extreme amount of pride. I am asked about it all the time. I tell people this is a man who gave his life in service to his country. When I got home, I had to know more about him. I am deeply touched by the great things said about your son. I hope you take comfort in the fact that he was so well thought of. That he was a big part of many lives and he will be remembered by people like myself who will tell people about him and keep his memory alive.
I myself served 6 years in the Army and am very proud of my service, however, I have never been more proud than to see my son take the oath and see the pride he has in himself now.
Thank you SSgt Frazier for all you gave and the memories you left those close to you."
"uconn" of Hokes Bluff, Alabama

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"To the Frazier Family: My deepest sympathys still go out to you everyday. I had the opportunity to meet Jacob a few times while serving. I think i speak for everyone when i say He is a great soldier and a great man. I wear a black KIA bracelet engraved with his name everyday.....some people dont understand the point in it....luckily those of us who have served and our familys understand. God Bless You... Jacob, Thank You you are a hero in my eyes and many others and i look forward to meeting up with you down the road with the rest of our lost friends and comrades......
Mack Walker
182nd Aerial Port
Peoria, IL"
of Elk Grove Village, IL USA

"Jacob was attached to my company A/2/7 SFG(A) in afghanistan. I can still remember clearly how well he fit in with the ODA he was attached to. There was never any evidence of any type of Army / Air Force rivalry, he was as much a part of the team as any other. he was genuinely liked and accepted as a member of the "team" by everyone. I will always remember him fondly, I do not think I ever saw him when he was'nt smiling and joking with the boy's. He will be missed."
Antonio F. Cruz of Raeford, NC / USA

"To Jake's family, your son is an honorable man and will always be missed."
TSgt Lee Blackwell of United States Air Focre Academy

"Dear Cameron, you need to pick-up a weapon and do you part instead of trying to bring attention to yourself. I was in Afghanistan when Jake was killed; I attended his memorial there and watched as others died during our tour. I appreciate your support for all the men and women but think you've lost sight of why you have the privileges you have, even coming from a military family."
TSgt Lee Blackwell of United States Air Focre Academy

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"Thank you Jake for fighting for all of us that take this life for granted.You were not afraid to fight for our freedoms and you knew the sacrifice that may come with that.I am honored to have known you.My son was born on the day of your funeral and i was honored to share that day with you!!!"
Shane Stewart of Lily Lake,IL(USA)

"Dear Frazier Family,
I'd like to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I was forturte to know Jake when we were in high school, he was a special person. I'll never forget him for his sacrifice. He was a true hero and will always be in my heart."
Kristal Birdsell of Kane County, IL

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish toe extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To the Frazier Family. You have my families deepest sympathies. I proudly wear your sons name on my wrist(KIA bracelet) It is a great honor. Jacob thankyou for the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless You all"
Mrs Beth Rosenberg of Patrick AFB FL USA

"Jake, it was an honor to serve with you, and even greater to know you! You're in my thoughts and heart!"
Dallas of Boise, Idaho

"Dear Frazier family,
i didnt know Jacob very well but i knew his family. Mrs. Frazier taught me the second grade. I am sure he was a good man and would have been proud to know him. May he fly with the angles and may he live with us all in our hearts as a brave soldier who died for his country. I hope one day that i will have the courage i am sure this young man possesed."
Jacob D. Fraser of Hanover Park, Illonois

"To Jake and the entire Frazier Family,
Your brothers here at the 169th ASOS will forever carry your memory, our shared times, and your family name deep inside of our hearts. We Love You Jake, and Your Family and Miss YOU more than words can describe. Thank You for being the Man and the Soldier that you are and Forever will be. YOU ARE OUR TRUE HERO! We live our lives trying to do our best everyday in your HONOR and MEMORY and for all of those that have joined you in Heaven. GOD PLEASE BLESS THE FRAZIER FAMILY FOREVER"
169th ASOS/CWB of Peoria, Il

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

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"Jake, No words can make loved ones truly feel a relief from the void that is there without you. It took me awhile to finally write, I just wanted to say the right thing. You were my boy in Houston, on the links, at the Kleen and at club 58's. Now I'm here at Polk paling in comparison to what you gave our country. I just wanted to say you are in our thoughts daily. God-Bless you Jake, although you're sorely missed, I wish I could say the same about your golf game."
Sgt. Douglas F. Zywiciel of Fort Polk, LA, USA

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

"Dear Frazier Family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Jacob gave his life for his family, friends, and America. I will NEVER FORGET. I am so very thankful for the freedom Jacob has given me. He is and always will be A TRUE AMERICAN HERO.You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Jacob: THANK YOU. May you rest in peace."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

"I know it has been over a year, and they say, time heals all wounds...but that isn't so, when you lose a loved one like Jacob L. Frazier. Just remember, the sacrifice that Jacob gave to his country, it's the reason why we still live in freedom. I just wanted to say, on behave of all Americans...Thank You and may God Bless You!!"
Gerard Lamola of Browns Mills, NJ. USA

"This is a message to the Frazier Family. We think about you everyday of our lives and we will always remember how much Jake touched our lives. Thank you Jake for giving us laughs, love and priceless times together! We love you and miss you very much!"
Sonia and Scott Lange of St. Charles, IL

"To his family, my deepest sympothy. I served briefly with Jake, in the 169th ASOS. I remember he was a young Airman asking me "Hey Sarg, can you help me with this lock." I laughed with him, he was having trouble with a padlock securing some piece of radio equipment from the back of our hummer. I remember him always wearing a smile, and eager to be there doing his drill weekend. I really believe he loved his job and definitely put alot of pride in that uniform and what it stood for. I will always remember him and the sacrifice he made. God bless you Jake."
William E. Smith of Glasford, Illinois

"When I look at our nation's flag, I will know that men like Staff Sgt. Frazier served it with devotion. When I look at my wife, my kids, my entire family, I will know that because of men like Staff Sgt. Frazier, they live safer.

God bless this man and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Jacob Frazier, 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

"May he fly with the angels now. May he rest in peace. And God Bless all of his family who have suffered his loss."
The LoBosco Family of Hanover Park, Illinois USA

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier:
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 Jacob 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 Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier:
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 Jacob, 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