“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.
PVT Fred Evert Freet was reported as Killed in Action by a gunshot wound on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa but was never accounted for after the battle. In 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense (DoD), investigated all of the Tarawa MIA’s. On 26 November 2012, researchers from the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation, using advanced law enforcement investigative techniques and sophisticated technologies not available to DoD or their contractors, submitted a report to DoD noting PVT Freet’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Freet's family which was forwarded on 8 February 2014 again noting that PVT Freet was likely buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PVT Freet was recovered from Row 1, Grave Number 2 in Cemetery 27 and his identification was announced by the Department of Defense on 30 October 2018. Welcome home Marine! We share the joy of your family in your return! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who never forgot you and your service to our country!
Thank you for your sacrifice sir.
Thank you for your service Mr. Freet. Sad that you gave your life for so many others in this world that didn't appreciate it! Thank you again
Mr Freet we thank you for your service. We watched in FL this wonderful ceremony held in your memory. God Bless your family and we all hold on to seeing you again.
Thank you Mr. Freet for the sacrifice that you gave for our country. It was an honor to see you get the recognition that you deserved. I am so thankful that you can now have the proper burial that you deserve. May this bring your family peace that they have longed for.
Thank you Mr. Freet for your ultimate sacriface for our country! My children and I thank you for our freedom! May your family be blessed with peace and love!
Thank you Mr.Freet for your unselfishness service to our country and for my freedom! May you rest in peace.
Welcome home, Mr. Freet. May we all show you the respect and thanks you’ve earned with your sacrifice.
Thank you for your service to this Great Nation Private Freet. Myself, and this entire Nation are forever in your debt. Welcome home Marine.
I cannot imagine the courage and fear these men endured in this battle and many other's that fought during WW2.
In knowing my dad Bill Sr. and my uncle Ray and there is no doubt in mind of the effort Fred Freet made in his duties for the love of their country "
Uncle Fred paid the Ultimate Sacrifice and is in heaven with Grandpa Carl & Grandma Lucy and brothers Bill and Ray.
Our family is deeply grateful for the recovery of Uncle Fred by "The History Flight" and thankful for the following involvement:
The Department of the Navy, The United States Marines, MIA / KIA VA. and Needham Storey, Grissom Air Force Base Honor Guard, The Patriot Guard, Grant County Sheriffs Department, Marion Police Department, Grace Community Church.
I apologize if I forget to mention you publicly but I won't forget your kindness.
Thanks to all in advance for all the kindness and patriotism shown.
If the remembrance of a death can bring us together like this let us strive to stay kinder and closer to the living.
In Jesus Christ Precious Name!
Thank you for your service Mr. Freet
A brave young man who was willing to sacrifice his life to keep our country free May you soul Rest In Peace dear soldier and may God bless America!
Thank you sir for your service and sacrifice. May you rest in eternal peace with your family wrapped in the wings of the angels.
Thank you, Mr. Freet, for serving our country. Thank you for the great sacrifice that you so willingly gave. It is because of people like you that we are able to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. May your Spirit rest in eternal peace knowing that our freedoms continue to be protected by the fine men and women who are our military.
Thank You Sir for Your Service to Our Great Country and for Your Sacrifice. It is because of you that we are free! I can never Thank You enough for what I have in my life! Prayers to Your Family, Friends & Fellow Service Members! Rest in Peace & Welcome Home.
Thank you for your service to our country. We have freedom because of great men and women like you. Rest in peace sir!