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Bridge to heroism
Frazier honored during ceremony
Warren County resident Eric Frazier attended the bridge dedication ceremony in which he was honored for his service to his country and his community. He was wounded in Iraq when an IED exploded underneath the Humvee he was riding in on Oct. 23, 2006.

Two bridges in Warren County were dedicated on Thursday, one in memory of Joe Delong and one in honor of Eric Frazier.
“These two men served for my freedom and that means everything to me,” said Road Superintendent Levie Glenn. "I want to personally thank you, Eric, for what you did. You came back, but Joe didn’t. We all pray that someday Joe is returned to his family and the country that he served and the community that he loved.”
Frazier offered his appreciation for the bridge named “Wounded Warrior LCPL Eric Frazier Bridge.”
“A lot of our veterans come back and they are forgotten,” said Frazier. “I want to offer my appreciation to the county and this community for not letting that happen to me. Thank you for not letting me be forgotten. This community was there for me when I came back and I will always appreciate that support and this recognition.”
Frazier is a 2004 graduate of Warren County High School. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2004 and after two years was deployed to Iraq. On Oct. 23, 2006, he suffered serious injuries when an IED exploded underneath the Humvee in which he was riding, killing two of his fellow Marines.
Edwin Lewis, the nephew of Delong, offered appreciation from his family and spoke fondly of Delong.
“I remember Joe,” said Lewis. “I remember him in his uniform and his military haircut. I thought he was a grownup, but he was just a kid. He was 18 years old. We played hide-and-seek. I still have memories of him.”
Delong graduated from Irving College High School in 1966 and was drafted later that year to serve in the United States Army. After being deployed to Vietnam in March of 1967, he was wounded in combat and taken captive as a prisoner of war two months later in May of 1967. He was held in POW camp in Cambodia, from which he attempted escape in November 1967, and was reportedly killed. His remains have never been recovered.
The bridges are on the new four-lane Nashville Highway to Woodbury.