SSgt Jacob Frazier. Jake Frazier was assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron, 182nd Airlift Wing, Peoria, Illinois. Frazier was in charge of calling in air support for troops on the ground. He and a Special Forces soldier were shot to death when four gunmen ambushed their convoy on motorcycles, 29 Mar 2003. Jacob was a tenacious football player at Burlington Central High School, so no one was surprised when he entered the military the year after his graduation. In 1997, he enlisted in the Illinois Air National Guard and was determined to excel. He was sent to Afghanistan in January to work with U.S. Army Special Forces. In just two months, he had participated in three reconnaissance missions to uncover information on people believed to be planning attacks on Americans. The missions led to the discovery of numerous documents and personnel and earned him a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and the Illinois Military Medal for Valor.
Jake can be visited at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 West Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421, Section 1, site 368
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Burlington Central High School Athletic Boosters Presents - The 15th Annual SSGT. Jacob Frazier Memorial Golf Outing at Blackstone Golf Club
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