Let the memory of Gysgt. John be with us forever
  • 28 years old
  • Born on October 30, 1977 .
  • Passed away on March 8, 2006 .

Marine Gunnery GySgt. (posthumously awarded) John David Fry, 28, of Lorena was born Oct. 30, 1977, and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego Nov. 10, 1995. Shortly thereafter, he attended Marine Combat Training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., and his Military Occupational Specialty School at Marine Corps Service Support School, Marine Corps Base Camp, Lejeune, N.C., where he served for four years. During this time, he deployed twice: once with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit on Operations Southern Watch and Desert Thunder during the winter of 1997-1998, and the second time with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Shining Hope in 1999. In June of 2000, Gunnery GySgt. Fry made a permanent change of station to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., where he served for approximately a year and a half. While there, Gunnery GySgt. Fry graduated first in his class and was recognized as the Honor Graduate. As an EOD technician, Gunnery GySgt. Fry was stationed overseas at Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, from July of 2002 until April of 2005. Among his many deployments and accomplishments while stationed there, Gunnery GySgt. Fry attended the Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officer School as a student in the career course. On Jan. 8, 2003, he again distinguished himself by graduating above all his peers, once again earning the title of the class Honor Graduate. In June of 2005, he reported to the 2nd EOD Company, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. In Aug. of 2005, Gunnery GySgt. Fry deployed as an EOD Team Leader to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his time, he conducted 231 explosive ordnance disposal devices (IED) rendered safe, one vehicle borne improvised device (VBIED) rendered safe, the largest ever in the Al Anbar province, and destroyed over 10,600 lbs. net explosive weight (N.E.W.) of unexploded ordnance (UXO), as well as numerous other missions. His accomplishments denied the enemy the ability to exploit these weapons against U.S. coalition forces, as well as against Iraqi civilians, thereby saving countless lives. On March 8, 2006, Gunnery GySgt. Fry was serving as an EOD Technician with 8th Engineer Support Battalion (forward) as part of Task Force Dagger, in support of combat operations, four miles west of Habbaniyah, Iraq. While searching for secondary Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), to ensure the safety of his fellow Marines military and civilian personnel, Gunnery GySgt. Fry was in the vicinity of an IED when it detonated, killing him instantly. Gunnery GySgt. John David Fry's courage, steadfast devotion to duty, and personal sacrifice reflected great credit upon himself, his family, The United States Marine Corps, The United States Naval Service, and the The United States of America. John David Fry is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife, Malia Michelle Fry; his daughter, Kathryn Michelle Fry; and his sons, Gideon David Fry and C.L. Fry. His awards and decorations are as follows: Purple Heart (posthumously), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 1 gold star in lieu of 2nd award), Combat Action Ribbon (posthumously), Navy Unit Commendation (with Bronze star in lieu of 2nd award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (with 2 bronze stars in lieu of 3rd award), National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star in lieu of 2nd award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (posthumously), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (with 2 bronze stars in lieu of 3rd award), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon (with 2 bronze stars in lieu of 3rd award), NATO medal, and Certificate of Recommendation, and Letter of Appreciation.

All Medals Received
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