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
🇺🇸 US Marine with M2
.50 cal with IR scope. Khe Sanh, 1968. [via r/militaryporn] #history #usmc #guns #gun #marines #usa #nam #vietnamwar
🇺🇸 Marine Lance Corporal Bill Lyons, 19, of Springfield, Ohio, “B” Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, on the alert during sweep mission in Elephant Valley, in search of rocket sites. July 23, 1968. [The National Archives / ID 26386339 / Public Domain] #usa #marines #usmc #nam #vietnamwar #history #war #1968
🇺🇸 Marines of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment take to the water as they move to join up with other elements of their battalion. Operation Hastings, Dong Ha, Vietnam. Hastings was launched #onthisday in 1966 and was successful in it’s objective to push NVA forces back across the DMZ. The US 3rd Marine Division supported by the ARVN 1st Infantry Division engaged the 324B NVA Division. The Marines had 126 men KIA, ARVN lost 21 KIA. NVA losses were estimated at 700 KIA, 17 captured. [Photo source: The National Archives / ID: NAID 532443] #history #vietnamwar #marines #usmc #nam #1966 #60s #usa #vietnam
🇺🇸 USMC Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holliday passed away at age 94. He was one of the very few remaining code talkers. RIP. [Photo by DEVAN K. GOWANS/U.S. MARINE CORPS] #history #ww2 #usmc #marines #usa
🇺🇸 US Marine PFC. Dan Bullock was the youngest American to be killed in action in the Vietnam War. He was 15 years old when he fell in Quang Nam province in 1969. Dan had falsified his birth certificate to enlist and was assigned to Fox Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. #usa #usmc #rip
🇺🇸 Marines having a meal behind a wrecked Japanese fighter on Iwo Jima. #ww2 #usmc #history # vintage
🇺🇸 Pvt. A. B. Duncan (left) and Cpl. A. R. Perry, both Nashville, Tennessee Marines, stand with their weapons after being relieved from front line action during the battle of Iwo Jima.
Private Duncan, husband of Mrs. Mary Ella Midgett Duncan of 332 **** Street, participated in the taking of Hill 382 on Iwo Jima with the Fourth Marine Division recently. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Duncan, 308 ****** Heights, the former employee of the Union Ice Cream Company is father of a daughter, Linda Sue, aged two and a half.
Corporal Perry, 19, is the son of Mfs. A. R. Perry, 2108 ****** Avenue. He recently was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action with a marine rifle platoon during the invasion of Saipan. Perry is a veteran of the Marshall Islands and Tinian invasions. He was employed in Detroit, Mich., prior to entering the service in March 1943.
—May 1, 1945 Tennessean paper (page3) [edited street names out] #ww2 #tennessee #usmc #marines #history
🇺🇸 USMC LCpl William G. Cox emerging from a Viet Cong tunnel discovered on the Batangan Peninsula, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. When mapped, it was over 158 yards long and two levels deep. #war #history #vietnamwar #nam #usa #america #60s #1960s #pistol #gun #guns #vintage #warhistory #military #marines #usmc
🇺🇸 U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Hart H. Spiegal tries to communicate with two Japanese child soldiers captured during the Battle of Okinawa. June 17, 1945. #history #ww2 #usmc