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Army Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier

Died November 19, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

25, of St. Joseph, Mo.; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 19 in FOB Lagman, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when a suicide car-bomber attacked his unit. Also killed was John J. Cleaver.

Michigan soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — A southwest Michigan soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Defense Department announced Nov. 23 that 25-year-old Army Sgt. Daniel Frazier of St. Joseph died Nov. 19 in Zabul province.

Frazier was assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Defense Department says Frazier and 36-year-old Staff Sgt. John Cleaver of Marysville, Wash., died of injuries from a suicide car-bomber attack on their unit.

Daniel Frazier was promoted from specialist to sergeant after his death.

Frazier’s father David Frazier tells WSBT-TV of South Bend, Ind., that Army officials said his son saved many lives during the attack.

Simple things in life made him happy

The Associated Press

Daniel A. Frazier was a quiet guy who found simple ways to have fun: playing with his nieces and nephews, mud bogging in his Dodge 4x4, testing his video game skills on his Xbox and dining at Burger King.

“Sergeant Frazier always started and finished his days the same way, with a smile on his face,” said Capt. Burton Furlow, who led Frazier’s company at Fort Bragg, N.C. “He earned the respect of subordinates, peers and superiors alike.”

The 25-year-old from St. Joseph, Mich., was killed Nov. 19 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, when a suicide car bomber attacked his base during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

In down time, he enjoyed spending time with family members, who said his smile always put others at ease.

Frazier graduated in 2003 from St. Joseph High School and joined the Army three years later.

“He was very quiet and really a nice kid,” said district Superintendent Al Skibbe, who was Frazier’s middle school principal. “He was just one of those super kids you love to have in school.”

Frazier is survived by his wife, Brittany; his father, David; his mother, Roxana Walter; and six siblings.

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