“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

The Navy Gold Star Program is eternally grateful for the sacrifice of those Service Members who have died in service to our country. To help us to never forget, we have set up this tribute page to honor and remember the memory of those lives. If you would like to honor the memory of your Sailor, Soldier, Marine, Airman or Coast Guardsman through the Navy Gold Star website please submit your thoughts and a photo.

Our Son John P. Fritz served on board the USGN Florida 728 and was in charge of the Nuclear Propulsion System. The Motto of the USGN Florida is "Fortis Fortuna Aduivat" or "Fortune Favors the Brave." He was Brave, Adventurous, and the Smartest man we have ever known. He had a thirst for adventure, he walked the Appalachian Trail alone. He went on a personal "Walkabout" in Queensland, Australia, hiking and exploring the Country and Camping outside and staying in Hostels. He was fearless. Above all things He Loved his God, his Family and his Country. He served them all with every ounce of his being. He deployed numerous times. He transferred to the NNPTC in South Carolina after serving on the USGN Florida and became a respected, and innovative instructor. He is survived by his Mother, Father, two brothers and four sisters and daughter Madeline. His infectious laugh, boundless curiosity, and thirst for adventure will never be forgotten by those who loved admired, and cherished him. we remember that as long as we say his name he will always be with us. "Fair Winds and Following Seas, Rest Your Oar Sailor, we have the watch. We Love You John  Paul!