Freeman Gardner Jr

Freeman Gardner Jr

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U.S. Army
BAGHDAD, IRAQ 03/22/2007

Sergeant Freeman L. Gardner, was born in Mt. Clemens and attended Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit. He won multiple awards in high school, including a first place award during a 1994 summer program with Ford Motor Company for gifted high school computer programmers. He also became a national winner in developing a detailed computer program. In 1998, Freeman graduated from Central High, in Little Rock with a 4.0 GPA, with high honors in his AP classes.

After high school Freeman attended the University of Oklahoma and became a member of the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In December 2004, he married his lovely wife, Kara, in Oklahoma City. Gardner joined the United States Army in June 2004 and completed basic and advanced training before being stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. He was a signal systems support specialist and was trained to maintain or supervise the battlefield communications systems. Gardner was deployed to Iraq in June, 2006. He died on March 22, 2007 when an improvised explosive device detonated while the unit conducted clearance operations in a western section of the Iraqi Capital.

His awards and decorations include: Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Good Conduct Medal.

Freeman was proud to have the opportunity to be a soldier. He was a devoted husband, son, brother, uncle and soldier and a friend to many. He was a quiet man with a gentle demeanor. Freeman was extraordinarily loved and will be missed every moment of every day.” He is survived by his: loving wife, Mother, Step-father, two sisters, and numerous family and friends.

Freeman’s portrait is also located on Poster 1


6 Responses to “Freeman Gardner Jr”
  1. Freeman's MOM says:

    Hi #1 Son,
    LOVE lifted me when nothing else could help. Freeman you are missed each day, part of me went with you on that day in March. I seen pictures on television, but to live that part, oh the pain it can bring. Many people loved you and were touched by the life you lived. You were a great example to all young people and even to many older than you. You were wise beyond your years. I can tell you for a fact, that in death, many lives has be changed.
    Love always,
    From MOM :)

  2. Pam Whaley says:

    I can feel the mothers pain, sadness, hurt, and loving memories of her child. Be proud of him in his short lived live.

    Freeman – Thanks for serving in the military and out as a great example of a MAN…

    God bless you to the (MOM). God bless your hearts to all that new and loved him.

    I will sure to share his story with my son’s.


  3. Adrian Templeton says:

    Freeman, “Free” aided with my becoming a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and introduced me to the art of stepping. He poured sooo much into me and my line brothers not just with stepping but with being men and especially Alpha men! His work ethic was unparalleled and his dedication to the frat, to his wife, and to this country is truly remarkable. We love you bro and will see you again one day. 06!


    Miss you Brother…”Gone but not Forgotten”

  5. Julie Walter says:

    Freeman you touched many of our lives. You will not be forgotten.

  6. Jerai Robins says:

    “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

    – Unknown

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