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
🇻🇳 A Viet Cong fighter photographed during the intense gunbattle for the Special Forces Camp on June 10, 1965 at the Battle of Dong Xoai. [AP Photo/Horst Faas] #history #vietnamwar
🇺🇸 Troops of the 1st Air Cav, ambushed at Landing Zone Albany on Nov. 17, 1965, lie in a field illuminated by flares from aircraft. Battle of the Ia Drang Valley. [AP Photo/Rick Merron] #history #vietnamwar #war #nam #vietnam #usarmy #army
🇺🇸 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
🇺🇸 Wieland Norris of Rolling Hills, California, who fell in 1970. Today would have been his birthday. He is the younger brother of legendary actor Chuck Norris. [Source: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund] #usa #army #america #nam #vietnamwar #1970 #chucknorris #history #war
🇺🇸 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
A South Vietnamese tank loaded with troops rumbles past a destroyed hamlet on Highway 22 following fighting in the area about 60 miles northwest of Saigon. Officials said government reinforcements were rushed to Hieu Thien in an effort to retake outposts and villages that fell to the North Vietnamese, March 17, 1975. [Photo by Nick Ut / Associated Press] #history #nam #vietnamwar #1970s
🇻🇳 People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN / NVA) soldier Nguyen Huy Tao (left) and ARVN (South Vietnamese) soldier Bui Trong Nghia at the border of Long Quang village, Trieu Trach commune, Trieu Phong district, Quang Tri province in April 1973 met during a cease fire. They met again in early 2018 at the same site. Photo: Chu Chi Thanh [translated from Vietnamese with google translate] #nam #vietnam #vietnamwar #history #war
🇻🇳PAVN (NVA) T-55 knocked out by ARVN paratroopers in An Loc, 1972. #vietnamwar #history #tanks #70s