Grant B. Fraser—November 2007 Shipment HonoreeMarine killed by improvised explosive device in IraqSource: Associated Press
Grant paused, then answered, “Because mommy and daddy are happy at me.”
Fraser, 22, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Aug. 3 when his vehicle was hit by an explosive south of Haditha. He was assigned to Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Friends and relatives remembered Fraser as spontaneous, mischievous and witty. They talked about the big ears that jutted out from his head, the “award-winning” smile, and his favorite nickname, Tnarg — “Grant” spelled backward.
He had a wide range of interests: Acting, mountain biking, skiing, playing the piano, scuba diving, rock climbing, tennis and sailing. He left the University of Alaska at Anchorage in 2002 and enlisted in the Marines.
“The day Grant enlisted was a watershed day for all of us,” said his godmother, Lynn Manley. “What a happy guy he was that day. I saw him after boot camp and there was a tree trunk where his long graceful neck used to be. Grant was exactly where he wanted to be.”
He is survived by his parents, Sharon Long and James Fraser.
The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Grant during the month of November 2007 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Grant’s family and friends today and in the years to come.