Nichole M Frye

Nichole M Frye

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LENA, WI, US          
U.S. Army
02/16/2004, BAQUBAH, IRAQ

A Wisconsin soldier from Lena who specialized in civil affairs was killed after only two weeks in Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck her convoy, authorities and family members said Tuesday.

Private First Class. Nichole M. Frye, 19, was assigned to Company A, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion of the Army Reserve in Kalamazoo, Mich. Her mother, Lisa Frye, told The Associated Press the family received a computer e-mail from her daughter about a week ago explaining some of her duties. She had been in Iraq only about two weeks.

She was delivering supplies like water and food and books to the kids,” she said. “She said everything was fine over there. The weather was really nice.” But she said her daughter had been concerned about being shipped to Iraq.

“I think she had some fears of going over there,” she said. “Actually she wanted to try and stay in the states because of my health.”

Lisa Frye said she was recovering from major back surgery at the time her daughter was being assigned to Iraq, but her daughter’s request was not granted. Employees and friends at Wayne’s Family Restaurant, 805 Brazeau Ave., Oconto, where Frye worked since she was 14, we’re shocked by the news of her death.

Karen Thompson, owner of the restaurant, spoke on behalf of her co-workers about Frye, who started as a dishwasher and worked her way up to be a waitress. She described Frye as a hard worker who was always concerned about the business and the people around her. She was engaged to the son of another waitress at the restaurant and was worried about serving in Iraq.

“I think that was encompassing her last few months because of the fact that she knew that she was going,” she said. “That’s what she showed us around here. She had one wish and that was to be around for last Christmas and she did get that wish. She was scared; she told my daughter that she had a really bad feeling about going.”

Like with her mother, Frye sent three e-mails to Thompson, one she received on the day of her unfortunate death.

“Right after she left in January, before she shipped out, I got an e-mail from her that said, “If I make it to heaven before you, I’ll wait for you,” and it just caught me off-guard,” said Thompson. “Then when she got there she e-mailed and said that she was there.”

“When I heard that she was killed, I opened my e-mail and there was her response,” said Thompson. “She said the weather was nice, but the sandstorms were coming in and one minute it was sunny and the next it was orange and you couldn’t see anything.”

Nichole Frye played flute in her high school band and participated as a majorette before graduating in 2002, her mother said.  The news has been difficult for Nichole’s 18-year-old sister, Crystal, and 14-year-old brother, William, Lisa Frye said. “That was their big sister.”

“She was really fun, a loving, outgoing person,” her mother said. “She loved to help people. That’s part of the reason she joined the Army.”

Nichole’s portrait is also on Poster 10


4 Responses to “Nichole M Frye”
  1. We love you Nichole, you are a truly hero !!!!! R.I.P. beautiful Angel !!!!

  2. Ricardo Restrepo says:

    All these years I have not been able to rest my mind about what happened while I was deployed to Iraq in 2003, especially on that day in Baqubah. My platoon was on standby (Quick Reaction Force) to react to threats around town. We heard the loud explosion and knowing that an IED was the culprit. That call came in during the day or late afternoon I am just not sure of the time anymore but all I know is that when we got to the our Bradley and heard what we were summoned to do the whole track mood shifted. We came out with full adrenaline to end up with complete silence
    knowing that we were going to assist in recovering one of our own. Not a very easy moment for many of us when we know that what we will encounter is something that we all fear and know to well. I can keep going through all the details of this day but who ever reads this I hope this can bring some comfort knowing that I still remember her. I did not know her but would of wished to tell her that we had her back. Nichole I am married and have five beautiful children but there is not one day that I don’t ever remember you or anybody else that left so young and had so much more to give. I won’t ever forget

  3. Ricardo’s post inspired me to reply. In the late morning/early afternoon OF 20040216, I was driving the tail vehicle of a three-truck convoy as part of a recon element. We were headed into the town of Baqubah. I noticed a small convoy coming out of town, on the other side of the main road. A loud explosion went off within a very short distance of my truck. The occupants of my truck and I checked to make sure we were ok when we noticed the other convoy vehicles took heavy damage. We turned around and rushed to the scene but it was too late to render any aide. I always wondered who the driver was – I could tell it was a female. I cried then and I can still cry easily today. After some research, I learned that it was SPC Nichole Frye. I don’t know why her truck took the blast but mine did not. I do know that her memory will always live on in my heart and mind. Like Ricardo, I, too, will never forget her. She is a hero.
    – James Cirillo, SGT (Ret), 4ID, 1-67, 2003-04

  4. John Gennari says:

    She was one of my troops, I cried and prayed in a dark lonely place that night in Iraq. I will never forget

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