The Man Who Gave Licht A Purple Heart

August 4th, 2014
Former Marine Josh Frey, who gave the Bucs one of his two Purple Heart medals, watches the Bucs night practice last week

Former Marine Josh Frey, who gave the Bucs one of his two Purple Heart medals, watches the Bucs night practice last week

Last week Joe was about speechless — quite a feat if any of you know Joe — when he learned how a hardcore Bucs fan and honorably discharged Marine gave one of his two Purple Hearts to Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht.

The marine, Clearwater High School graduate Josh Frey, wanted his favorite team to have one of his two Purple Hearts for all the Bucs have done for veterans, and for providing Frey countless hours of action to take his mind off both his experiences and injuries.

Chris Fischer, a sports anchor with Joe’s good friends at WTSP-TV Channel 10, caught up with Frey at the Bucs night practice and produced this quality report on Frey and his love for the Bucs. Enjoy it!

14 Responses to “The Man Who Gave Licht A Purple Heart”

  1. Walter Says:

    Now that’s a man you can really respect and look up to.

  2. stevek Says:

    I’d rather have Josh Frey on this roster than Da’Quan Bowers.

    Thank you for serving our country, Josh, and may you be an example for the mentally weak (Bowers).

  3. Harry Says:

    Thank you for your service to our country Josh Frey.

  4. lightningbuc Says:

    WOW! The Lombardi Trophy is no longer the most important piece of hardware in the Buccaneer trophy case!

    Too bad Kellen Winslow Jr. wasn’t there to see what a real soldier is.

  5. John McKillop Says:

    Well said @lightningbuc, Josh Frey thank you for your service, you are first class all the way. You and your brothers and sisters in arms are the very best America has to offer. Ooorah!

  6. Touch_Down_Tampa_Bay Says:

    Thanks Joe. Good job Chris.

    Josh Frey thank you for gifting your Purple Heart in this way. Many are being transform by your gesture of respect and honor. You are a great example of unity. Blessings to you and all who serve.

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  8. JW Says:

    Josh Frey… I am awe struck by your humility and reciprocal support of our Bucs! You are the Man!

  9. cmurda Says:

    That was amazing. I’m a better man for having watched this.

  10. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    Cmurda you are right on with that statement. Mr. Frey you are an exceptional example of what having class, being humble, and being a real man and American hero is all about. Thank you for everything you have done and everything you have sacrificed, your story moved my entire family and brought us to Tears even my wife who is on probation until she drops the Bears and becomes a Bucs fan.

    We may not all like our leaders or agree with why we are overseas but we all support you Mr. Frey and everyone who has served in the history of our country. Lastly thank you to our favorite team for constantly showing such great support for our armed men in women. I am proud to be a Bucs fan and raise my kids as such for this sole reason win or lose. GO BUCS!!!!!

  11. Frank87 Says:

    Semper Fi !!!

  12. Jim Halk Says:

    Semper Fi Gunny. You are a tribute to your Country and your family. I salute you. (Army Sgt Retired)

  13. SoonerninTampa Says:

    Semper Fi Marine!

  14. Joshua James Frey Says:

    Thank you all for the Kind Words, I am so honored to be a Part of the Bucs Family and community- It is so nice to know win or lose we have each others back no matter what. Semper Fi to you all- God bless America – Joshua James Frey (usmc ret) falluija Iraq Vet 2004 3/1 marine- google it – S/F