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Violet and Jim "Bo" Kaylor, parents of Cpl. Jon-Erik Loney, share a private moment in public after receiving a plaque Wednesday at Hartselle's Purple Heart Memorial in honor of their 21-year-old son, who was killed in Iraq in November.
Area warriors honored
Purple Heart recipients' parents
say send 'enough' troops to Iraq
By Deangelo McDaniel
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HARTSELLE — The parents of two local soldiers honored at the Purple Heart Memorial here said President Bush should send enough troops to get the job done so American forces can leave Iraq.
"It needs to be enough troops so we can take care of business and get out of there," Debbie Frazier of Hartselle said.
Her son, Sgt. Jantzen Frazier, was wounded in Iraq in December while on patrol in Taji, a town south of Baghdad. His father, Murrell Frazier, said an improvised explosive device exploded near his son's vehicle. Shrapnel struck their son's lower body.
Murrell Frazier said it took 234 stitches to close the wounds. Jantzen Frazier received a Purple Heart and is back on patrol in Iraq.
The Finis J. Self Chapter 2122 Order of the Purple Heart honored Frazier and Cpl. Jon-Erik Loney on Tuesday morning by placing their names on the Purple Heart Memorial in Hartselle.
"They are two of the youngest soldiers on the memorial," Chapter Commander James Shaffran said.
Loney, a 2003 Danville High graduate, died Nov. 28 in Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle. He was 21. Loney was the 2,881 U.S. service member killed since the Iraq war began in March 2003. More have died since.
His parents, Violet and Jim "Bo" Kaylor, were in Hartselle on Tuesday to receive a plaque from the Purple Heart organization. The plaque had a picture of Loney and read: "Honoring the Memory of Jon-Erik Loney ... For Defending Freedom and Serving His Country."
"He would love it," Violet said, about the plaque and her son's name being on the memorial.
The Kaylors said they received Loney's footlocker from Iraq on Jan. 4. Inside, they found some of the letters they had written to him and a to-do list.
"The first thing on the list was to take his mother to dinner," Bo Kaylor said. "The second thing was fix some bolts on a Bradley fighting vehicle. He loved working on those vehicles."
Loney, who was in the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry, joined the Army in February 2005. He was to return home next month.
"We were going to celebrate Christmas then," his mother said.
Jantzen Frazier, a 2003 Hartselle High graduate, is 21 and was inducted into the Army on his 18th birthday, April 9, 2003.
Murrell Frazier said he made a picture of his son's name on the memorial and e-mailed it to him.
"He was honored," he said.
Like many families, the Fraziers said they monitor the news constantly. Their son is serving his second tour. They watched the president's speech Wednesday night because they wanted to see his strategy for ending the war.
"We need to do what it takes to get the job done as soon as possible and to get our boys home," Debbie Frazier said.
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