Thursday, November 19, 2009

Army Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier, 25, of St. Joseph, Mo.

Sgt. Frazier was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 19, 2009 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when a suicide car-bomber attacked his unit. Also killed was John J. Cleaver.

Niles Daily Star -- Army Sgt. Daniel Alexander Frazier, 25, was tragically killed on Nov. 19, 2009 in the Afghanistan Province of Zabul during his second tour of duty with the United States Army. Frazier was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. and formerly of Niles and St. Joseph.

He was born on Jan. 9, 1984 in Berrien Springs. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph in 2003. A simple and quiet man, he enjoyed playing his Xbox 360, eating at Burger King and mud-bogging in his 4×4 Dodge.

Frazier enlisted in the Army at age 22. He was very close to his family and always looked out for others. In 2006 Frazier enlisted in the Army and like his brother, dedicated himself to service. He was a “big brother” to many of his fellow soldiers and listened to them as he helped with anything possible. Rather than being concerned with himself, Frazier was always giving to his fellow soldiers serving along side him.

When home he enjoyed spending time with his family; Frazier was a wonderful uncle and especially enjoyed his nieces and nephews. He was a man of sound character and loved his family. Frazier had an infectious smile about him that always put others at ease. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

On March 21, 2009 Frazier wed the love of his life, Brittany Lea Jenson, at a ceremony in Kernersville, N.C. While the two hadn’t known each other long, in the grand scheme of life, they both knew they had the type of love that is once in a lifetime. As a couple the two shared a strong passion and mutual respect for one another.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Bruce Frazier, and maternal grandfather, Allen Beebe.

He is survived by his wife, Brittany Frazier of Fayetteville, N.C.; his father, David (Sheri) Frazier, of Niles; mother, Roxana (William) Walter, of Pace, Fla.; paternal grandmother, Geraldine Frazier, of Watervliet; maternal grandmother, Donna Beebe, of Coloma; siblings, Jessica (David) Marquardt, of St. Joseph, David (Amanda) frazier, of Colon, Marie (Cory) Culver, of Huntsville, Ala., Amanda (Mike) McLain, of Goshen, Ind., Lauren (Kevin) Lamb, of Elkhart, Ind., David Walter, of Benton Harbor; and many special nieces and nephews.

Frazier has always been a hero to his parents and siblings, from the birth of his nephews and nieces “Uncle Dan” was a hero, to Brittney, Frazier was her romantic hero, who swept her off her feet and now our community will gather to honor Our Hero, Sgt. Daniel Frazier, giving the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Enduring Freedom.

A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at Brown Funeral Home located at 521 East Main St. in Niles, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a celebration to honor Daniel’s life on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Michiana Christian Embassy located at 1922 East Main St. in Niles. Pastor Jerry Solis of Three Rivers will be officiating.

Frazier will be laid to rest with full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Army Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier was killed in action on 11/19/09.

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