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Name: Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (Select) Jason Richard Freiwald

Age: 30

From: Armada, Mich.

Assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Dam Neck, Va.

Incident: Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (Select) Jason Richard Freiwald died Sept. 12 from injuries sustained Sept. 11 while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. Also killed was Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator John Wayne Marcum.

Died: September 12, 2008

2 SEALs killed in Afghanistan fighting

The Associated Press

Two Navy SEALs from southeastern Michigan have been killed in combat Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator John Wayne Marcum, 34, of Flushing, and Chief Special Warfare Operator (Select) Jason Richard Freiwald, 30, of Armada, both died Friday from injuries suffered during a battle with heavily armed militants, the Defense Department said Sunday in a statement.

Marcum and Freiwald were temporarily forward deployed from their assignments at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Va.

Marcum was a graduate of Flushing Senior High School who enlisted in the Navy in 1991 and joined the SEALs after completing basic training, the Defense Department said. He transferred to the Special Warfare Development Group in 2000 and won numerous combat awards, including four Bronze Stars.

Marcum’s survivors include his wife Cynthia and a daughter, Madison, of Virginia Beach; and his parents, Wayne and Luellen Marcum of Flushing.

Family members have declined to be interviewed, the Defense Department said.

Freiwald was born in Utica and graduated from Armada Senior High School. He enlisted in the Navy in 1996 and underwent SEAL training at Coronado, Calif. He served multiple combat deployments in Iraq before joining the Special Warfare Development Group in 2005. His combat awards included a Bronze Star.

Freiwald is survived by his wife Stacey, a daughter, Jasmine, and his parents, Terri and Richard Freiwald.

“The deaths of SOCS Marcum and SOC Freiwald are tremendous losses for Naval Special Warfare and the United States,” Capt. Scott Moore, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Development Group, said in a statement. “These men were true warriors, dedicated to their country, their fellow SEALs, and the cause for which they were fighting.”

Marcum and Freiwald are at least the sixth and seventh members of the U.S. military with ties to Michigan to die in Afghanistan so far this year.

Flushing is in Genesee County, 75 miles north-northwest of Detroit, and Armada is in Macomb County, 45 miles north-northeast of Detroit.


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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Dec 02, 2009
  I still think of you everyday, God Bless you and your family, and thank you for your sacrifice so that we may live free, you are my hero now and forever...

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Nov 14, 2009
  Jason,your sacrifice will never be forgotten.I think of you every time I hear The Star Spangled Banner, and on Veterans Day. God bless you, and your family. We truely are "The land of the free BECAUSE of the brave." (You, and all the other soldiers who put themselves in harms way for us all.) SanDee (Briesmeister) Saari

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Nov 04, 2008
  Your will be missed more than you know. I was honored to have known you and knowing you made me a better TEAM GUY and MAN. As you watch from above I know Stacy and the baby will be in good hands. My condolences to your mother and father. I will see you on the other side my brother.


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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Sep 23, 2008
  Jason went through Buds with my son and was on SEAL team three with him. What a tremendous young man. We are proud of him. My thoughts are with him family. Hooya!

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Sep 19, 2008
  i love you jason and will miss you so very much.

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Sep 18, 2008
  May God hold you in his hand and glow his everlasting light upon you as you watch over your family and continue to protect us all.

Very Respectfully,

A fellow Chief and family

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY John on Sep 16, 2008
  May the grace of God, the love of Jesus, and the peace of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family forever.

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY miyembro on Sep 16, 2008
  Your sacrifice will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,

with intense gratitude. May God bless you and your family.

Rest Safely and Securely in God's Loving Arms.

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Jason Richard Freiwald
BY Anonymous on Sep 16, 2008
  My heart Goes out to You, the family of this amazing Man, He was truly A hero And our world Is a better and safer Place because Of brave And selfless Warriors Like him. God Speed Jason Mo

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Adam D. Jones

Happy Birthday, Adam. You are missed so much every minute of everyday! XOXO ~143~ You will forever be in my heart and on my mind. Love always, Tammy

Laurie Cobb

She was my 3rd and 5th grade teacher. Today I'm 32 and still think about her. She was the best teacher ever. From her hair children stories to her bubbly happiness and kindness she spread. I'll never forget her. She was the teacher who had lunch with the kids in her classroom so everyone had someone to be with. She made my school experience amazing. I will never forget her.. I love you Mrs. Cobb. Sincerely, Forever in my thoughts, Alyssa (Viau) Capone

Larry E Polley Jr

SPC Polley died almost two decades ago so I don't know if this message will be seen. In honor of Memorial Day, my agency hands out cards with names of those who have fallen. This year, 2023, I received the card for SPC Polley and was inspired to look up more on him. I am thankful for his service and sacrifice. My condolences to his family. He is not forgotten.

Paul C. Holter III

Miss you brother

Alex D Gonzalez

Love you and miss you always. Since you been gone it has been hard for everyone. I know you loved what you did, and I want to thank you for our freedom. If I can have you back home and safe living your life man everything would be different. No matter how much money they would offer me I would rather have you alive and home. Money comes and go so it's not worth losing you.

Christopher D Young

hello my name is Jesus Vega I would like to give my condolences to Christopher's family and friends, I served with him in Iraq and slept in the same quarters. I have many fond memories of him. I have never forgotten his sacrifice. I would like to share that the greatest memory I had of Chris is that he would speak highly of his mom and how much she meant to him. Chris was a strong minded person and looked out for other. He was kind and friendly the he made friends with everyone. Chris was truly a great man! I sincerely apologize for not sharing sooner. but would like to express that Chris's memory will never be forgotten! though he is not with us he will always be in spirit! If this message gets to Christopher's mother I she could know she raised a great man and for that I thank you.

Jose E Ulloa

Ricky you are still in your family's hearts.

John Michael Roy Curwin

I'm doing a work assignment for school and think he should be included.

Derek L. Shanfield

Heartfelt Sympathy on the loss of your son - Semper Fi.

Marisol Heredia

Dear Marisol, You are Loved Forever...Jeff

John Charles Jenkins

In hope for your soul to be safe and in peace forever, God hold you in your wings! Amen

Todd Beamer

Your courage exceeds the unimaginable.

Steven Paul Chucknick

peace be with you

Geoffrey Perez

thank you for being in our lives, you i got to see you right before you left and i feel so blessed for tour ultimate sacrifice brother. Rest in paradise

Linda Jones

Praying for peace and serenity. God bless you as you travel this difficult path.

Kristopher J. Gould

Miss you everyday buddy. Look forward to seeing you again, one day.

Kristopher J. Gould

Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, Kris. You are missed.

Deora Bodley

rest in peace

James David Parker

I knew James David Parker as "Dave" when he lived in Solon Ohio. We met when I moved into town from out of state. He and his group of friends were a year or two older than me. Dave was a bright beacon of hope and joy to me. I was an unsure young man in a strange place. Dave introduced me to many people and ensured his friends always saved me a seat in the lunchroom. I have fond memories of him and his friends during that time. I doubt so many people would have been as wonderful toward me without Dave's incredible kindness. I've never forgotten his kindness. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.

Tyler O. Griffin

Condolences to the family. Freedom is not free, it cost this man's life. Thank you is not enough. Grieving is not enough for your loss though it is all we have, the Sandoval Family

John A. Hofer

Alicia... he ALWAYS talked about YOU and how much he loved you... I am so sorry HE was IS an amazing friend!!

Michell Lee Robotham

Saying prayers for you and your family today. I remember working with you in Land O' Lakes, WI at the bank and the fun times we shared. Sandy V

Karen Sue Juday

So very sad,l am so sorry. Rest in peace.

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