USMC Chief Warrant Officer John Frederick Jr. A Marines Corps veteran of three wars, Frederick Jr. died while in North Vietnamese captivity in 1972.
During World War II, Frederick Jr. served as a tail gunner for TBF and TBM carrier bombers in the Pacific Theater. Once World War II ended, he remained in Asia and participated in missions in China during their communist takeover. During the Korean War, Frederick Jr. spent the first year of the war as an Airborne Intercept Operator. After the war, he was stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina., then Patuxent River, Maryland as part of a Marine detachment working on the F4H-1 Phantom II project. He finally returned to Cherry Point, North Carolina until the outbreak of the Vietnam War.
On December 1, 1965, Frederick Jr. deployed to Vietnam. On December 7, 1965, his plane was shot down on his return to Da Nang Air Base following a night-time escort mission. Frederick Jr. survived the plane crash, but he sustained multiple injuries and was taken as a prisoner of war. His time as a prisoner of war came to symbolize his dedication to the United States. He refused to give in to his captors’ threats or coercions despite the consequences he faced.
In 1972, Frederick Jr. contracted Japanese meningitis B and fell into a coma. His captors transported him to a Hanoi Hospital but Frederick Jr. likely died on the way. His body was returned home on March 13, 1974. [Source: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund] #history #usmc #marines #pow #ww2 #vietnamwar #koreanwar