Frederic Delano Blackwell was born on June 29, 1944 and joined the Armed Forces while in Columbus, Ohio.
He served in the United States Army. In 4 years of service, he attained the rank of Specialist 5th.
On June 19, 1969, at the age of 24, Frederic Delano Blackwell perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Phouc Tuy.
Courtesy of: Aseneth L. Blackwell, Fort Washington, Maryland,
President, Gold Star Wives Of America:
In 1967, in Washington, I met my husband Frederic D. Blackwell who was in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division and stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In February 1968 President Johnson called up the 82nd Airborne Division for duty in Viet Nam. My husband spoke Vietnamese fluently and I was stunned when he wrote and said he was no longer with the 82nd Airborne Division and had joined the Army 5th Special Forces Group (The Green Berets). He was in the process of training a group a Montagnards and a land mine was triggered and he suffered extensive head injuries and died shortly thereafter on June 19, 1969.
We did not have any children because when we married the Viet Nam conflict was escalating and he knew eventually he would be going to Viet Nam and he said we should wait until he returned because it is difficult raising children with two parents and he did not want any hardships for me.
In my heart, I truly believed he would return to me unscathed. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery. I have been a member of Gold Star Wives since September 1969. Back in those days, addresses were put in the obituary notices and that was how I was contacted and I immediately joined.
BLACKWELL, FREDERIC D
USA SPECIAL FORCES
- DATE OF BIRTH: 06/29/1944
- DATE OF DEATH: 06/19/1969
- BURIED AT: SECTION 53 SITE 427
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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