Friends and soldiers of Capt. Stanley L. Frederick came together last month to honor the life and memory of the soldier, who on March 16, lost his two-year battle with cancer.
Affectionately as “Stan the Man,” members of the Warrior Transition Brigade and 1st Cavalry Division gathered at the 73rd Street Memorial Chapel to memorialize Frederick on March 27.
“Saying goodbye is never an easy task, especially to one of our own, one who answered the call to duty for his nation during a time of war,” said Lt. Col. Michael Burcham, commander of the WTB’s 1st Battalion, praising the 31-year-old field artillery officer for his valiant leadership during two deployments to Iraq.
“Capt. Frederick was a remarkable officer, son and friend,” he added.
Frederick was the assistant battalion operations office for 1st Cav’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, before reassignment to the WTB’s Bravo Company in April 2013.
Praising his leadership and professionalism, his company commander, Capt. Marco Edouard, told the several hundred in attendance Frederick was the “kind of soldier you want by your side.”
“His attitude and professionalism were beyond reproach,” he said, sharing a lesson about life he learned from his mom. “My mother always told me people come into your life for a reason and a season, and Stan came into our lives to show us that no matter how hard it gets, there’s always a bright side.”
Capt. Jason Williams, who was Frederick’s battery commander during his 2011 Iraq deployment, also spoke of Frederick. The two met when Frederick severed as his executive officer.
Williams said Frederick was always thinking outside the box and would do anything in the name of mission accomplishment.
“There was a time while we were deployed that I needed Stan to come from Joint Base Balad to Samarra in order to run our headquarters while I was commanding a mission our battery was running with the Iraqi Security Forces,” he said. Frederick hitched a ride to Samarra with a Special Forces unit out on patrol.
“Although I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the method of his execution, I gave him guidance that he needed to get up to Samarra as soon as possible, and he did exactly that — thinking outside the box — which is a true testament to his hard-charging attitude,” he said.