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Marine Sgt. Chad D. Frokjer
Died June 30, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
27, of Maplewood, Minn.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died June 30 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
Marine leaves behind new wife, unborn son
The Associated Press
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — The father of a Marine killed while serving in Afghanistan said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks motivated his son to join the service.
Sgt. Chad Frokjer, 27, was killed June 30 in Helmand province after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol. Brian Frokjer said his son signed up for the Marines “right after 9/11 because he wanted to make sure nothing like that ever happened again.”
The Marine’s sister, Nikki Frokjer, said her brother married Leslie Jaroscak in November 2010. She’s expecting their child in September. Nikki Frokjer said her brother will “leave a legacy with the love of his life.”
Minnesota governor lowers flags for fallen Marine
The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. and Minnesota flags will be flying at half-staff this weekend on Gov. Mark Dayton's orders to honor a Minnesota Marine who was killed in Afghanistan.
Dayton ordered that the flags be lowered for 27-year-old Chad Frokjer, who was killed June 30 in Helmand province after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on patrol.
Frokjer was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
Dayton has ordered the flags be lowered from sunrise to sunset on Saturday. Frokjer will be interned at Saint Mary's Cemetery in North St. Paul on that day.