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Sunday, 9-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Pfc Jason Frye

Jason Frye and Meredith Odato
These stories are from the local areas of our lost Warlords. I posted them in full in case the sites do not hold archives. - JHD

http://www.cumberlink.com/articles/2005/10/09/news/news01.txt

Perry Marine killed in Iraq

By Karla Browne, October 09, 2005

Gary and Connie Frye of Landisburg sent both of their sons to Iraq, both with the Marines.

The elder, Cpl. Adam Frye, 22, came home in January after two deployments. The younger, Pfc. Jason Frye, 19, won’t be coming home. He was killed in a roadside bomb explosion Thursday near Al Karmah while in combat.

Connie says she had a feeling that she wouldn’t see her younger son again.

“I didn’t have the feeling with my first son. My first son and I never made any plans,” she says. But she and Jason had planned part of his funeral before he left — picking out some songs, Bible verses and “bagpipes — he wanted bagpipes.”

When the call came, mom knew

So when the call came at 1:30 p.m. Friday from her husband’s boss at Landisburg Post Office, she knew. The postmaster said Gary needed her, but she knew.

Her screams woke up Adam, who was sleeping on the couch in preparation for the night shift at Roadway Express in Middlesex Township, where he operates a fork lift since getting out of the service.



It wasn’t until they got to the post office, where Gary is a mail carrier, that the family discovered one of the Marine sergeants who brought the news had served with Adam in the battle for Fallujah.

The sergeants had come to the post office to get directions to the Fryes’ house, not realizing that Gary worked there.

And Gary had known as soon as he saw the Marines’ uniforms that his younger son had been killed.

More news came at midnight Friday, when Jason’s commanding officer called from Iraq.

“He then told us that it was instantly,” Connie says. A machine gunner on a Humvee, Jason died with three other members of his unit when an improvised explosive device blew up the vehicle.

The commanding officer asked Connie if she would accept phone calls and letters from “the guys in his unit.”

She was more than ready to receive them, while understanding that he had to ask her permission because some parents might be too angry to receive them.

Remembering Jason

“I’m not angry at the world, the war, at God; I’m just angry at the time I’m going to miss that he’s not living,” Connie says.

Jason’s girlfriend says the same.

“I’m not angry because I know that Jason was so proud to be in that position,” says Meredith Odato, 19, a sophomore at Cornell University who graduated with Jason from West Perry High School in 2003.

“I would have liked to spend a lot more time with him but I feel I had his whole life in two weeks this summer” when he had leave, Meredith says. “That was enough because there was so much happiness — life was so full.”

Still, she knows she’s going to miss the calls from Iraq that always came in the early morning because around noon in Iraq was when Jason could use a phone. And it will feel odd not to write a letter to him every day. She made sure each one got in the mail the same day she wrote it so he would get them in sequence.

No second trip

There won’t be a second trip to Rillo’s, an Italian restaurant in Carlisle, as Jason had wanted, Meredith says, but then, she had made their first visit last summer one to remember.

“It was our first real date,” she says, although the two had been friends in high school. “I made the reservations. Jason didn’t know we were going there. He got to my house and we were all dressed up. I blindfolded him. He thought that was crazy, but he said, ‘OK. I’ll do it for you.’

“I drove my mom’s car and played Italian music — Frank Sinatra — and made him wait in the car. I ran in and put rose petals on the table and sparkling grape juice in a bottle on the table to make it special. Then I went out and got him. He thought that was amazing. Nobody had ever done anything so nice for him.

“So he had wanted to go to Rillo’s in full uniform” when he got back, Meredith says.

Pride, honor to serve

The couple had never talked about his reasons for joining the Marines, Meredith says. They didn’t need to. “I wanted to go into the service out of high school,” she says, although she enrolled in college instead.

“I understood the honor and pride one would have from serving in the military — so much pride in protecting our freedom.”

Jason’s parents understand that pride, too.

“I have the two best sons anybody could ever ask for. I’m proud of both of them,” says Gary, who was ready to serve in Vietnam, but was never drafted. “Jason made the ultimate sacrifice. I’m proud of everything they’ve ever done and ever will do.”

When Adam and Jason began talking about joining the service, Gary told them both, “I don’t care what your decision is, I’ll back you 100 percent. There wouldn’t have been anything I could have said or done that would change their minds,” he adds.

Adam served four years, stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines after graduation from West Perry in 2001.

Jason joined his brother there in January after a 13-week boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. Although Jason was with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, the brothers saw each other at Lejeune, Connie says.

‘He had faith...’

Jason was known for saying his prayers before a meal in the mess hall, regardless of the kidding he took for it.

“He had faith like you wouldn’t believe,” Connie says.

And “Jason was one that left an impression on everyone. He lit up a room,” his mother adds.

Meredith recalls, “He knew everything about a person after talking to them for five minutes. He never had a mean thought about anyone or anything.”



Wednesday, 5-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Commander's Update!

 
Oct 1st, 2005

Warlords and Warlord families of Task Force 2/2,

The Marines of Task Force 2/2 continue to impress me with their dedication to the mission and to each other. They continue to meet my every expectation and attack every priority set forth with vigor and enthusiasm. The Task Force priorities are the training of the Iraqi Army, the upcoming elections, and the detention and elimination of the enemies of Iraq. These priorities will bring Iraq the freedom of democracy and bring our Marines and Sailors home safely.

The first priority, training the Iraqi Army, continues to progress passed my initial expectations. Task Force 2/2 and the staff of the 1-4-1 Iraqi Army continues intelligence development of area targets enabling the Iraqi Army to take the lead on operations in a designated area of our battle space. The upcoming elections will demonstrate that we are fulfilling our goal of leading and enabling the IA to stand on their own.

Second on the priority list is the constitutional referendum that will be voted on October 15th and national elections on December 15th. The success of the January 2005 elections has proven to the Iraqis in and around Fallujah (i.e., our area of operation) that democracy has and will provide the political, social, and economic rights as citizens of a free and democratic Iraq. I can tell you first hand that the Iraqis are excited about the October referendum and the opportunity to vote. Your Marines will not allow the enemy to deny the great Iraqi people their sacred right of self-determination.

The last priority is the detention and elimination of the enemies of Iraq. The Warlords are still taking the fight to those that attempt to do us harm. Golf Company continues operations in coordination with the 4th Company, 1-4 of the Iraqi Army. They aggressively patrol the many small towns within their area; 1-4 and the Warlords will allow the enemy no safe haven. Easy Company and the Iraqi Army execute combined patrols in our eastern zone. In addition, the Warlords of Easy Company and 1-4 conduct disruption operations in the southern portion of our area of operation. Fox Company and their Iraqi counterparts, 3d Company, 1-4, provides security within their area. Weapons Company conducts security along the main roads in our area of operations so that friendly forces can retain freedom of movement. Weapons continues to work closely with 2d Company, 1-4 in this task. Of special note, the Combat Engineers of Headquarters and Service Company are doing superb work. They continue to reinforce and improve the barrier plans and the force protection measures of all of our living spaces. Their hard work ensures that the Warlords are a “hard target”.

I encourage all of our families and friends to write to our fellow Warlords who have been medically evacuated from Iraq. The Marines are hospitalized in various locations in the United States. I have spoken with these Marines and I know what they look forward to most is receiving mail and letters from families, loved ones, and supporters of our Marines and their mission. Every letter, whether from girlfriend, father, friend, or even a fellow patriot with no direct relation, means so very much (the address to the hospitals can be found on this website). Please take the time to support those that have been wounded and cannot fight alongside their fellow Warlords.

Again, I’m pleased to announce more additions to the Warlord family. The dedication of our Task Force and their families is unsurpassed. The following households are enduring a deployment without the luxury of being together during this momentous time. Words can’t describe my appreciation for your continued sacrifice.

The following Warlords had recent additions:
Sgt Leland and Sara Burns Emma Golf

LCpl Keshawn Nathaniel and fiancée Virginia Dipiano Elizabeth Golf

PFC Michael and Athena Long Gavin Wpns

I want to congratulate the many Marines who were promoted throughout the battalion on 1 October 2005. Of particular note were SSgt Bujno and GySgt Harris from Golf Company and Maj Conway from Weapons Company.

The Marines are beginning to grasp the full understanding of the importance of bringing peace and independence to the Iraqi people through an elected democratic government. The Task Force is looking forward to assisting the Iraqi government with the upcoming elections and taking the fight to the insurgents who wish to deny the Iraqi people this freedom. The next few weeks will be both exciting and challenging. I look forward to my next letter, which will be after the October referendum.

I remain Semper Fidelis,

James J Minick




Tuesday, 4-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
2/2 DoD pics!

2/2 Marines
C.O. Echo Cpt Swisher
BAS Lt Banks
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#1 - U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, enter a building to meet with sheiks in Kharma, Iraq, Sept. 20, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division conducts counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi security forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

#2 - U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Tyler Swisher, commanding officer of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, speaks with a local sheik in Kharma, Iraq, Sept. 20, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division conducts counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi security forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

#3 - U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Mark Banks, assigned to the Battalion Aid Station, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, examines a sick child in Kharma, Iraq, Sept. 20, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division conducts counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi security forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

#4 - U.S. Marines with 2nd Combat Engineers prepare their gear to search for weapon caches in Kharma, Iraq, Sept. 21, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division conducts counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi security forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces in the area.U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

#5 - U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Tatreaus Gray and Lance Cpl. Anthony Glover inspect a roof during a presence patrol in Kharma, Iraq, Sept. 21, 2005. Gray and Glover are assigned to the 3rd Squad, 4th Platoon, Company Golf, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines. The 2nd Marine Division conducts counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi security forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

GOLF COMPANY ROCKS!

#6 - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Shofner, assigned to 2nd Combat Engineers, prepares C4 charges to destroy unidentified explosive ordnance found during his sweep for weapon caches in Kharma, Iraq, Sept. 21, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division conducts counterinsurgency operations with Iraqi security forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces in the area. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison


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2/2 Weapons MAP Red photos!

 
 
 
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U.S. Marines with Mobile Assault Platoon Red Platoon, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, question local residents of Kharma, Iraq, about suspicious activity after a recent improvised-explosive-device attack during a patrol Sept. 24. Photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison, USMC from the DoD site.

The other pics are without captions from the Marine OIF site. I seem to have misplaced the story and captions and for that I sincerely apologize!


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2/2 Easy Weapons works with IA 1-4-1!

2/2 Easy Weapons #1
2/2 Easy Weapons #2
http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/lookupstoryref/200599113039

Framingham, Mass. native patrols in Iraq
Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division
Story Identification #: 200599113039
Story by Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Aug. 17, 2005) -- Two vehicles of Marines and two of Iraqi soldiers mounted up to patrol the area of Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq, with only a few hours of light left, Aug. 17.

Corporal Justin E. Laramie, a squad leader with Weapons Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, led his Marines and the members of the Iraqi Army on another patrol in their area of operations.

“It was a basic reconnaissance mission where we took pictures of a few houses that would later be searched in a cordon and knock,” the Framingham, Mass. native said. “Of course there are always unexpected things that come up and we have to deal with those as well.”

Upon completing all of their checks to make sure everyone had all of their gear and equipment, the Marines and Iraqi soldiers headed for Nasser Wa Salaam. The markets were closing down, but there were still plenty of people on the main streets of the area.

The vehicles headed for the first house to do reconnaissance work. Stopping on a small side street and dismounting to provide security, the 2002 Framingham High School graduate led his team to the first house a few blocks away. After conducting a cursory inspection, they headed back to the convoy without incident.

The Marines and Iraqis who provided security for the vehicles were approached by many of the local children asking for water or food. Together they provided the locals with whatever they had to spare at that time.

Then they searched a second house, which was similar to the first with nothing out of the ordinary happening. The Marines and Iraqi soldiers continued to patrol throughout the city checking areas that might contain things of significance to the mission.

“Doing the ‘recon’ on the houses went smoothly which is how we want it to go,” Laramie stated.
After poking around one of the nearby gas stations for anything unusual, Laramie received a call over the radio about shots being fired near Market St. The Marine-Iraqi team loaded up quickly to investigate. Upon arrival to Market St. more shots were heard being fired in an unknown direction so everyone took up positions to see what they could find.

Some Iraqi soldiers started asking the locals if they saw anything. The townsfolk gave them a description of man in a white shirt and pants. After some quick thinking, Laramie gathered his forces and started searching nearby houses for the person who fired the shots.

More locals helped out by giving a general direction in which to head. Laramie sent everyone into action by heading that way as quickly as possible. After an hour of searching with only the moonlight as illumination, Laramie and his group headed back to Camp India to rest up for their next patrol.

“The patrol was a success, no one was injured and we got what we needed to complete a mission later on down the road,” Laramie stated.

#1 - Marines and Iraqi Army patrol the streets near Camp India during a routine patrol 17 Aug. Corporal Justin E. Laramie, a squad leader with Weapons Platoon, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, lead the patrol in which they completed thier mission and no one was injured. Photo by: Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen

#2 - Marines and Iraqi Army stands watch by the vehicles as a group goes to do reconnissance on a house a few blocks away on 17 Aug. Corporal Justin E. Laramie, a squad leader with Weapons Platoon, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, lead the patrol in which they completed thier mission and no one was injured. Photo by: Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen


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