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Petty Officer 3rd Class John T. Fralish

November 18, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John T. Fralish of New Kingstown, Pennsylvania.

John was stationed with the 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii.

According to his family, John graduated high school in 1994 from Cumberland Valley High. Rugby peaked his interest, however, his heart belonged to surfing.

John joined the United States Navy in February of 2002. He had previously completed two tours of duty in Iraq before he was deployed to Afghanistan. His third deployment would sadly be his last.

According to the Department of Defense, Petty Officer Fralish was killed when enemy forces opened fire on his patrol just northwest of Methar Lam in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, on February 6th, 2006.

John was unique to his unit. He was known to be a jack of all trades and was more commonly known by his nickname, Captain America. The Devil Dogs of 3rd Marine loved and appreciated their Corpsman and were heavily impacted by the loss of their brother.

Having served honorably in the United States Navy, John’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for service, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Marine Corps Device and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Today, John lies in rest at Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

He’ll always be remembered as Captain America and a Devil Dog. Now, he’ll be remembered as an American Hero.


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