Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Craig S. Frank

24, of Lincoln Park, Michigan.
Frank died near Baghdad, Iraq, as a result of injuries from a rocket-propelled grenade that struck him from behind. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1775th Military Police Company from Pontiac, Michigan. Died on July 17, 2004.

Frank was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on July 21, 2004.

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"I Remember you"
William Oakley, SSG,RET of Madison NC

"One loss is too many but loosing you has left our hearts empty. Your Honor and Selfless Service will forever be remembered. You were always so kind and brought laughter where ever you went. I will always have you in my heart and thoughts. May God keep blessing you from heaven."
SGT Lopez of San Juan, PR

"It is that time of year again where we take a moment to stop and reflect on those that gave of themselves, the ultimate sacrifice as they say. However people want to name it, it doesn't lessen the pain that comes with losing one as young and as good a person as you were. You are missed and you are always thought about. Rest easy brother, we still have the watch!"
Dawn of Michigan

"It is that time of year again where we take a moment to stop and reflect on those that gave of themselves, the ultimate sacrifice as they say. However people want to name it, it doesn't lessen the pain that comes with losing one as young and as good a person as you were. You are missed and you are always thought about. Rest easy brother, we still have the watch!"
Dawn of Michigan

"I found Craig's ID bracelet on the granite base of my son's grave. Don't have any clue as to why but I've brought it home and put on a shelf in my kitchen. God Bless him for his service."
Pamela Scharich of Bay City, Michigan

"We remember SGT Frank. We miss our comrade and pray for his family and friends. He will always be remembered. Nothing can be said or done to begin to make up for the loss- but we will never forget."
Mike Nevin of Michigan

"Craig you will never be forgotten"
Ambers Mom

"Craig... you're not forgotten~
I keep your parents & family in my prayers."
Bettyjo Lopez of Marion, NC

"To the family of:Craig S.Frank
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"2-21-11"

"Miss you Franko...the cool kid club isnt the same without you."

"I still think of you often. I miss the talks we had when we partnered up for patrols. When we ate those nasty camel burgers!"
Sgt Stanko of Clifford, MI

"I miss you, I miss you, I miss you. Everyday, always."

"Dear Craig,
Our company will never forget all the good times and bad times we all had the chance to share and come this August of 2009 we will once again get to share them moments for our reunion! But I know that this reunion is about what means most and that is you Craig! The trials our company had to overcome were many but in the end we all became family and family is what means the most brother! You of all knew that well and showed the rest of the company what family meant. You spent a long time getting to know all of us from Pontiac to Fort McCoy to Camp Champion to Arifjan to Shuaiba to Udari and even stopping by KNB for a swim you knew us all as family! But missions changed and things became more dangerous but even so in the midst you knew family and went back to your home to see our father make it through heart surgery, and that says alot!!!
You overcame your hardships and returned to the war with your head held high and when I came to pick you up at the Kuwait International Airport I asked if we should get our ladies a teddy bear. You were hesitant but then said sure and so bears we had built! We left smiling and went back to Udari.
The next day HUMMV 32 came back from 3rd shop leaking horrible from the transfer case and needed to go on a convoy. I fought to keep the truck from going but was forced to let it go. I had a feeling it would break down and was pissed to be made to let it go that day. Sure enough it did break down and had to be towed! I tried to make the best of it in my mind thinking that the armor would keep you all safe but low and behold damn fate would have it that being towed a bomb blew up and took your life Craig! 1775th's hearts were crushed...
What killed me from then to this day was the fact that your girl got that teddy bear we had made the day she found out you were dead... I miss you Craig and pray for your girl and your family and know the kids you would have tought would have been great people just to have known you!!! I will always love you like a brother and will always miss you.........................."
SPC Gibbons of Niagara, Wisconsin

"SGT Craig Frank, Its been 5 years since your death... we are continuing the mission and remembering you always.
1775th MP CO 2002-2006
266th MP CO 2006-PRESENT

Serving in AL Basra/Balad/Baghdad, Iraq-08-10"
SSG Brian Brower of Balad, Iraq

"Craig and family, I will always remember my second son...the late night talks and how you told me of my son Michaels love for me...it means so much. Your death was a tragic loss to Mr. Hagerman and myself and we will love you always....God Bless you and keep you until we meet again...Laura Hagerman, Antonelli"

"I am the daughter of a friend of Sgt. Craig Franks friend and i am hoping his family well."
Gabby of Lapeer Michigan

"Craig, I continue to serve in the military until this day because of Soldiers like you. The United States and the Military needs more Soldiers like you. It has been a few years since we got back home, but I can assure you a part of you lives on in each and every one of us.

I will continue to serve this Country as long as I am able to, because people like you fought and died for the freedoms that most people in this Country take for granted.

I salute the Frank family for their continued support of the military, even after such a tragic loss. A Soldier as great as Craig comes along once in a blue moon, and I know a lot of what made him the Man he was came from his family. For that, I salute you.

Thanks again Craig. I wish I would have had a chance to get to know you better. I keep you in my thoughts every time I have a bad day or face an obstacle I don't think I can't overcome. I remember the sacrifice you paid for the United States.

You will be missed by all..."
WO1 Tolan of Ft. Rucker, AL

"I had the privilege of escorting Craig home from Dover Air Force Base. It was an act that I will remember for the rest of my life. The Soldiers of the 1775th and family should know that Craig was well taken care of by all and many strangers along that journey just wanted to know his name. The civilian pilot on the plane (who was prior military) requested a moment of silnce over the PA to remember Craig and the many others that gave their lives for our country. Craig obviously touched those who knew him, but also touched many of those who didn't. I am grateful to have served with Craig and to have met his wonderful family. Craig you will never be forgotten."
SGM Berdan of Fenton, Michigan

"I just wanted to leave a note to say that there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about the good times that we had. The name yavis will be with me until I die. I miss you buddy. I got a nice tattoo on my arm for you and everyone ask about it so I can tell them how brave you were. It's 2008 and it feels like yesterday. I miss you bud. 2cnd platoon all the way."
spc chris davis of lapeer, mi

"We miss you buddy."
Josh Langlois of Fort Knox, KY

"It still amazes me how deeply you have touched my life. You are still the most beautiful man I have ever laid eyes on-I miss you every day."

"Neverforget miss as much as ever , hero"
SGT L of merrill, wi

"Craig, On this day and every day know that you are remembered. Your voice still echoes, your life still inspires, your light still shines and always will. The sacrifice you and your family have made will never be forgotten."

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Craig S. Frank:
Craig 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

"On this Memorial day, I'm so thankful that we have men and women serving our military, willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for our FREEdom.
Craig, your parents, my friends, are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
FREEdom is not FREE!
Love from the Lopez family!"
Bettyjo of Livermore, ca

"Craig; since you left us, I wear your KIA bracelet everyday, it never comes off my wrist."
SSG Johnstone of Baghdad, Iraq

"I know all of our soldiers are safer because they have amazing angels like you and my brother, Sgt Robert Betts. You both are in the hearts of many..."
Tonya Gilbert (sister of Sgt Robert Betts) of Clarkston, Mich

"You are thought of and missed every day"

"Craig, Your nephew and name sake is absolutely perfect and adorable. He is the pride of his father and the love and joy of his grandparents. There is not a child who will be loved more. He will be raised knowing what a very special person you were and knowing that you are always there watching over and protecting him - and you will be his hero too."

"We never met, but I feel I owe you my life. You will NEVER be forgotten by me. May you RIP and walk in the path of the Lord Jesus Christ..."
SPC Newberry, Kevin of Pearl City, HI

Not a day goes by that I don't have some great memory of the times all of us shared. I can still see you on your cell phone talking to your parents with me messing with you in the background, and the fun times on the old xbox. I miss you buddy."
Cpl. Rader of 1775th MP Co

"I miss you Craig!"
1775th Soldier of Michigan

"I'm sorry that I never had the privilige of knowing Craig personally. My husband was serving with Craig from the 1775th MP CO. and was very close to him. It is so nice to here so many wonderful stories about Craig. He truly is a Hero. He will always be missed, remembered, and never forgotten! HOOAH!"
Anne Langlois wife of Sgt. Joshua Langlois of Michigan, currently serving at Fort Knox, KY

"To Spc. Craig S. Frank family and loved ones.
Please know that your son will always be remembered by everyone from the American Soldier Memerial Project and that a beautiful coss-stitched sampler has been stitched in his honor. God Bless."
Angel Richards of wixom, mi/ usa

"To Sgt. Frank's Family, As the year anniversary approaches I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. It must have been such a difficult year for all of you. Even tho I never met your Craig I pray for all the soldiers who are protecting us from another 9/11. Craig is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. I hope that you are all doing as well as can be expected and God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"SGT Frank-

This Sunday it will be a year from the day that we lost you. I regret the events that happened on that day and the way that I handled myself. I am sorry and I hope you know that. I am greatful that your family got to spend time with you when you went home for your father's surgery shortly before our last convoy together. I know you are in a good place. You are thought about by your comrades on a daily basis. You have affected the lives of more people than I think you ever were aware of. God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten."
1775th Soldier

"You will never be forgotten Frank. We miss you everyday."
A soldier from the 46th MP CO of Kingsford, MI

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"To the Family of Craig Frank. I want to tell you how sorry I am to hear of your loss. My brother Sgt. Brookins was serving with your son in Kuwait. I never got to meet Craig but the wonderful words and praises that I hear from my brother is all I need I know craig was a great guy and will be greatly missed. His memory is carried with my brother every day, he wears a metal bracelet with Craigs name and date of untimely death. For my brother to have that kind of adoration for one man is very special God Bless!"
Heather Knight Sister of Sgt. Jeremy Brookins 1775th M.P.C.O. of Clio, Michigan

"Craig was one of my best friends and the very best person I knew. I loved him from the very first moment I met him and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. I think about him everyday and I can't believe it's been 7 months that he's been gone. It still feels like yesterday. I'm not sure if it's worse for us, his family and friends, because we know what we've lost or for those people out in the world who will never get to meet him. I would like everyone who reads this to know that Craig did what he did because he loved helping people. I know everyone calls him "hero" now but he deserved the title before any of this happened. I know he was mine, he was my brother's and hopefully through stories, he will be my daughter's. One more thing-Mom, Dad, Tim and Nicole...I love you guys and miss you."
Aurora K. Evans of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

"You will never be forgotten.

-SPC Brian Liebelt
94th MP Company
125th MP BN (apr04-jul04)"

Not a day goes by when I don't think of you! You are one of the greatest people I have ever known. I miss you. I am honored and priveleged to have served with you. You are my Hero"
SPC Angela Lipari of Kalamazoo, MI

"I miss you as much today as the day we lost you. I will never forget you and and the things you taught me. When times get tough I just look up in the sky and I know you are watching out for me buddy. I cant wait to see you again, save a place for me in heaven."
A soldier from the 1775mp co

"I can't believe it's been 5 months already. I miss you and think of you every day."

"Craig was a great man and he is greatly missed by all."
Katie of Wyandotte, Mi

"I will never see a rabbit or a cracked windshield that I don't think of Craig. A brighter star shines in the heavens now. Craig will live forever in the hearts of those that love him and all of you. He was a very special young man. Remember to listen to the wind."
Kathy of Lincoln Park MI

"You ARE our hero --
thank you."

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

"To the family and friends of Craig Frank,

I never met Craig but my mom said he was a nice young man who gave all he could give in everything he did. I wanted to say Thank You for letting him make the greatest sacrifice and for helping to make my future safer."
Elizabeth Schmitz 11 years old of Southgate, Michigan

"To the Frank family,
Your sacrifice has been too great. A grateful nation thanks you but thanks are not enough. May God surround your hearts with comfort and fill your souls with His healing touch. I wish you God's peace. Your son was the bravest of the brave. He lives in your hearts and the hearts of all who were touched by him."
Margaret Brim of Temperance MI

"Thank you Brave Soldier you will never be forgotten. you are my Hero. To your family and friends, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I also feel your pain. Please know that I am here for you whenever you need me. I'm so very proud of all of our Fallen Hero's."
Paula Zasadny Proud Mother of Fallen SPC Holly McGeogh KIA 01/31/04 Iraq of Taylor, MI

"God Bless the family of Craig Frank. May the Lord comfort you in your sorrow. I only met Craig briefly but he looked like such a nice young man. I am so sorry for your loss."
Barb Montroy of Trenton Michigan

"To the family and friends of Spc Craig Frank:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Craig will always be remember as the great young man he had become with respect for his family and the love of his country and for making the greatest sacrifice anyone could make. Thank you for allowing him to be the man and hero he will be remembered as. May God Bless you at this time."
PattI Schmitz of Southgate, MI

"To Craig's Family, Friends and Loved ones-
My heart goes out to you in this time of sorrow. I am a friend and co-worker of the woman Craig fell in love with, and although I only had the chance to meet him briefly I know he was an amazing and wonderful man from all that I have been told and seen. May God Bless you all and comfort come to you knowing how proudly your son served as a hero for our country. May he and you stay in God's grace always!
God Bless!!!"
Heidi Scott of Taylor, MI / USA

"To Craig's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Thank you, my friend, for giving me the opportunity to have known your son. Craig's contagious smile, his ability to make everyone feel special and his deep love and respect for his parents will be memories always treasured."
Lori Peterson of Trenton MI

"I had the honor of meeting Craig when his mom brought him into our office around Thanksgiving of last year. I have never met a more impressive young man in my life. I will never forget his obvious love of life, his politeness, and his mother beaming from ear to ear. I could actually feel my heart bursting with pride after meeting him."
Dave Brim of Temperance, MI

"Our deepest sympathy is sent to the family and friends of Craig. May God bless this brave patriot who chose to fight for freedom."
The Starr Family of Pittsburgh Pa USA

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

"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Craig is a Hero and we will remember his sacrifice and service."
Lisa and Gino of Columbus, Ohio

"Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister-in-law,

My heart cries for you and for the loss of the wonderful young man I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to."
Chris Jakubek of Grosse Ile, Michigan

"To Craig's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Dear Family and Friends of Craig Frank,

I am deeply saddened by your loss of a man that I never met, but heard so much about. I am a friend of the lady he had fallen in love with. I know that he was a Hero to all and to her heart. May God be with you and your families.

God Bless!!"
Jenny Muir of Elkhart, Indiana/USA

"Thank you Craig Frank, 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. Craig Frank:
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 Craig 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. Craig Frank:
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 Craig, 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