Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Remembering a marine he never met

Editor’s Note: Home and Away is an ongoing initiative to honor the men and women worldwide who died while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You can learn more about the project here.


Although Jeffrey Cook, Sr. has never met Staff Sgt. John Fry, he feels a close connection to him. Fry was killed by a roadside bomb near Habbaniya, Iraq, on March 8, 2006. A few months later -- thanks to one special bracelet -- Cook learned about Fry and his life.


"I did not know you, we never met," Cook wrote in his Home and Away tribute to Fry. "I do not know anyone in your family, nor have I met your wife, nor anyone in her family, nor your children. And yet I've thought about you each and every day since sometime in June 2006."


Earlier that year, Cook learned about an organization that creates bracelets in honor of fallen soldiers. He made a donation and received a black bracelet with Fry's picture and name on it. He says he wears it every day.


Cook says he has since learned more about Fry through the internet. He's proud to honor someone so selfless.


"When others ask about my bracelet, I tell them very briefly where I got it, but then I go on to tell them as much as I can about a young Marine named John D. Fry and his sacrifice and those that he left behind," Cook said. "I tell them that I wear this bracelet to remind me of what young men and women just like [Fry has] done and are continuing to do, so that I can live in this country without fear."


If you lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan, or know someone who has, please submit your tributes through the Home and Away page. Click on the Afghanistan or Iraq tabs and search for his or her name. From there, you can submit your photos, videos and memories. We look forward to adding your tribute to this very special project.

September 17, 2010
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That's amazing,i love that.I have two parents in the army,it makes me So happy!

September 17, 2010
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That you (Guys)people are doing this!!

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