By Mark Carpenter
Manchester native, Olympic gold medalist, and military hero Wayne Frye, who passed away recently at the age of 83 was honored last Friday on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Ohio Second District Congressman Brad Wenstrup.
Following is an excerpt of Congressman Wenstrup’s speech to the House:
“Colonel Frye was beloved in his community and is remembered not only for his extraordinary achievements, but also for his humble character.
In 1948, Wayne Frye joined the Marines and went on to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis. While a student, he competed with the 1952 Olympic rowing team, the “Great Eight,” winning a gold medal for Team USA.
After graduating from Annapolis, he joined the newly established Air Force and later served in Vietnam, where he was a commander with the 555th “Triple Nickel” Fighter Squadron, flying 266 combat missions. For his service, he received two Silver Stars for valor, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 15 Air Medals, and a Purple Heart.
Wayne Frye’s legacy also lies in his deep-rooted commitment to his community and his inspiration of future generations through his character, faith and humility.”
You can view Congressman Wenstrup’s entire speech to the house on YouTube under “Wenstrup Honors Wayne Frye.”