Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Daniel A Frazier

Saint Joseph, Michigan

November 19, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army Sgt

782d Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Killed in Zabul province, Afghanistan, when a suicide car-bomber attacked their unit.

Sgt. Daniel Alexander Frazier
Born Jan. 9, 1984 in Berrien Springs, Michigan
Died Nov. 19, 2009 in Zubal Province, Afghanistan

Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier, of St. Joseph, Michigan was a 2003 graduate St. Joseph High School. In April of 2006 he enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 22 years. He arrived at Fort Bragg in September of that year and deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division from January 2007 to April 2008. 
Daniel was a quiet person; he enjoyed listening more than talking. 

The one person in this world that met the world to him was his wife, Brittany, whom he wed on March 21, 2009. He said of her, “I love making my wife happy, when she is happy, I am happy.” 

As a soldier, Daniel showed tremendous concern for his fellow soldiers, and was a dedicated to his job. Currently assigned to the 782d Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division from Ft. Bragg, Daniel was serving his second tour in Afghanistan when on November 19 he and another soldier were killed in Zabul when they stopped a suicide bomber’s attempted mission, saving the lives of approximately forty people. 

Army Sgt. Daniel Frazier died valiantly Thursday while trying to intercept a bomb-carrying vehicle, military officials said Monday, confirming information relayed to family members over the weekend.

Frazier, 25, of St. Joseph, was killed, as was Staff Sgt. John Cleaver, 36, of Marysville, Wash., when a bomb detonated in a vehicle outside the gate of their forward-operating base near the village of Shajoy in Afghanistan’s Zabul Province.
Reports indicated the vehicle exploded outside the gate of the base, and Frazier and Cleaver died when they intercepted the vehicle.

“Obviously, he was trying to protect the base. I think you can say heroism was involved,’’ said Master Sgt. Gary L. Qualls Jr. in the public affairs office of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Frazier and Cleaver were performing force protection duties when they were killed, Qualls said, reading from an incident report.

Daniel was promoted from specialist to sergeant posthumously. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Combat Action Badge.

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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