Harry W Frye

Redding, California

April 2014

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
73 Army Sp4

 

 

Replacement Flag Ceremony, Click photo below:

April 19, 2015

From Patriot Guard Rider Site: patriotguard.org

SP4 Harry W. Frye, US Army received full military honors during his interment ceremony in April 2014 at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery (NCVC) located in Igo, California. His honored ceremonial US Flag was brought back to the family home located in Vancouver, Wa.. During March 2015, the family home was burglarized and the honored ceremonial US Flag was stolen and never recovered.

On 9 April 2015, coordination was made between the Patriot Guard Riders of Washington State and Northern California. On 10 April 2015, Patriot Guard Riders of Northern California revisited the NCVC and participated in a US Flag Honoring Ceremony conducted by the US Army Honor Guard and presented the flag to the Ride Captain. Participating members of the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the US Flag to the grave site of SP4 Frye, and saluted him as they touched his grave site marker with the US Flag. The US Flag was subsequently forwarded to Washington State PGR for proper presentations to be made to the family.

On 19 April 2015, a formal ceremony will be conducted at the family home in Vancouver, WA during which time the honored ceremonial US Flag of SP4 Frye will be presented to the family members. A flag line will be established at the residence location to honor the arrival of the US Flag being carried by the Rolling Honor Guard team.

Please join with me as we pay special honors to SP4 Frye and his family who suffered the loss of a very special part of his faithful service to our nation. We are glad to have the opportunity to ensure the special US Flag of SP4 Frye is provided the honors and dignity it deserves as it has traveled a great distance to be home once again.

From The Columbian columbian.com 04/04/15

Flag taken in burglary
When Loy Frye's house near Padden Parkway and Northeast 117th Avenue was broken into on March 30, it had apparently been thoroughly ransacked. Belongings were broken and strewn everywhere, furniture was upturned and bookshelves were broken. Among the wreckage, he discovered a most prized possession missing: a flag honoring his late father.

Harry "Bill" Frye served in the Army before becoming a truck driver, and Loy Frye followed in his father's footsteps by serving in the Navy before also becoming a truck driver.

Bill Frye died at age 73 and was laid to rest last year in Redding, Calif. During a memorial service, Loy Frye got his father's flag, recognizing the man's military service.

"It means a lot more than a lot of people can understand. It was closure for me," said Kasey Rogers, Bill Frye's granddaughter. "We had to leave him in Redding, but we got to bring that flag home."

She grew up down the street from her grandpa, who moved from Redding, Calif., to Vancouver, where he lived for 11 years until his death. He always called her his 'sweet pea.'

Her uncle's house had been broken into previously, on Feb. 30. The first time, the burglars took two televisions, a PlayStation system, a laptop and some movies. On March 30, they took the replacement TV that was still in the box, along with a newly bought PlayStation and the flag.

"We just want the flag back. The other things are replaceable. That flag is irreplaceable," Rogers said.

The flag had been placed next to Loy Frye's smaller, framed Navy flag, which wasn't stolen in the burglary.

"I'm at a loss," Rogers said. "I'm worn thin right now. I feel so violated."

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