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JJG Live Free or Die Memorial Fund

The JJG Live Free or Die Memorial Fund was established to preserve the memory of Jeremy J. Graczyk and inspire others to live a life of meaning, every day. Jeremy was born on August 29, 1977 and was a resident of Atkinson, New Hampshire for his entire childhood, which led to his lifelong fondness for the state.

Many knew Jeremy Graczyk as a classmate. He graduated as valedictorian in 1995 from Timberlane Regional High School and with distinction in 1999 from the US Naval Academy with a degree in systems engineering.

Many knew Jeremy as a teammate. He was a three-sport letterman in high school, where he excelled at soccer, basketball and track. At the Naval Academy he served as co-captain of the rugby team and was a two-time collegiate All American.

Many knew Jeremy as a soldier and as a brother in arms. He served as a platoon commander in the infantry and led Marines during the initial invasion of Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He later served as platoon commander of a Force Reconnaissance unit and as an infantry company commander during combat operations in Iraq. Following reassignment to Headquarters Marine Corp, he was deployed over seven times to Afghanistan and Africa, and was promoted to the rank of Major in 2009.

For his tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, Jeremy earned three Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, two National Defense Service Medals, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, five Iraq Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Citation and seven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons. Subsequent to his passing he also received a Bronze Star and a Bronze Star with Valor.

Nearly all who knew Jeremy knew him as a friend. He never forgot where he came from, and never let that hold him back from where he would go. He led by example, from the front, and inspired through sincerity and perseverance. Jeremy died on July 12, 2011 in a BASE jumping accident while in Switzerland. His memory lives on. The majority of the JJG Live Free or Die Memorial Fund’s proceeds will go toward the Major Jeremy J. Graczyk USMC Memorial Scholarship, awarded each year to a high-achieving student at Timberlane Regional High School.

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  • Luke Hart
  • Ken MacFadyen

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CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
JJG Live Free or Die Memorial Fund
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer. For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.