Harold "Ed" Frye Jr. was born on Dec. 20, 1927, in Tulsa, Okla. This brave young man had a desire to honor and serve his country, so he joined the United States Marine Corps
in April 1945. His first assignment was World War II
, but when he arrived in Europe, the fighting was over, much to his disappointment.
He continued to serve his country in battle during the Korean War, where he received a recommendation for meritorious rank of master sergeant in 1952, an honor which signified a demonstration of outstanding leadership qualities during combat.
In 1954, Ed married Dorothy Godwin and was a loving father to her two daughters, Beverly and Pamela, whom he later adopted. A third daughter, Patricia, was welcomed into the family in 1955.
His military career continued, and he served in Vietnam from December 1967 through August 1969. During his years of service he was awarded many medals, including the Vietnam service medal with seven stars, the RVN Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Combat Action ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, China Service Medal, and Korean Service Medal.
He dedicated his life to his family and the Marines, retiring as a captain in July 1973, after "mustanging up" from enlisted Marine to an officer's rank with no break in his service.
Ed lost his beloved Dorothy in 1981, and then he lost one of his cherished daughters, Patricia, in 1984. Ever the devoted family man, Ed took in Patricia's four-year-old son Eddie and raised him to adulthood. Ed faced the pain of loss again in 2003, when his granddaughter Kristi passed away. He never remarried, but continued to live his life with a sense of honor, respect and duty for both family and country.
Ed is survived and missed by his daughters, Beverly and Pamela; his granddaughter, Stephanie; and his grandsons, Eddie and Jamie. In addition, Ed was blessed with five great-grandchildren.
Ed's family will miss him terribly, and his country has lost a loyal Marine. How fitting that he would be called home on Veteran's Day, the day we honor those who have served and given so selflessly.
Memorials may be made at Wounded Warrior Project.