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FREDERICK H ELIZONDO


is honored on Panel 21E, Line 61 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Fred was a friend

    Posted on 2/18/15 - by Mike Chester mchester@curtismathes.com
    Fred and I went to grade school together in Alton, IL. We were friends at Lincoln School. I lost touch with Fred after that, but always remembered him as a good person. I think of him often and the sacrifice he made for us.

    Rest in peace.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/30/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear WO Frederick H Elizondo, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • For

    Posted on 3/3/12 - by John LaDue
    I remember Fred often. We served together with B-227th AHB, 1st Cav Div. Fred had been with us just a couple of months and was fitting right in. He'd already been tagged with the nickname 'El Dorado', by the company wit, Wade Bishop. The day he died, he had been one of the very few who did not fly a large nighttime assault, south of Bong Son. I was flying the lead ship and saw the ammo-fuel dump at LZ English blow up. It was hours before we were able to return to base at LZ Dog (across the hwy. from LZ English). The ammo had been cooking off all day. When we returned we were informed that Fred had been hit by an unarmed 2.75 inch rocket that had ignited and flew all the way over to our company area, thru our company mess tent, thru a sandbagged bunker wall, and struck Fred. He had been shuttling aircraft into revetments, to protect them, and was told to take shelter until things tapered off. He survived, but was in bad shape, and was medevac'd to the hospital at Qui Nhon. A number of us visited him that night, but he was still unconscious. We found out the next day that he had not survived the night. He was a good man. RIP El Dorado, you're still remembered.
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  • A Kind & Gentle Soul

    Posted on 6/8/06 - by John Glickman DrDyno@gmail.com
    29 May 2006

    "Freddie" to those of us in Class 66-23 was a kind and gentle soul.

    Freddie had the unique ability to wiggle his ears up and down independently. As his last name started with E and mine stared with G he was always standing directly in front of me in formation at Fort Wolters, TX, the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Training Facility.

    On one memorable occasion as the Tac Sargeant and Tac Officer were directly in my face during an inspection, Freddie, standing directly in front of me in formation, decided to wiggle his ears. You can only imagine the outcome as I found it impossible to keep from laughing in the face of the screaming directed at me.

    The Moving "Wall" showed up in Saint Petersburg, Florida, in the mid 1980's. Prior to that time I had avoided all of the popular movies and tributes to Vietnam. I found it all too painful to confront. My wife encouraged me to visit the Moving Wall which I finally did.

    At the information booth, as the name, Fred Elizondo, emerged from my lips, I broke down completely. Now at the age of 60, Memorial Day, 2006, I cry as I write these words. God bless you Freddie.

    John Glickman
    CW-2, 4th Infintry Division, Pleiku, RVN
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  • Rest in Peace

    Posted on 11/22/05 - by Vietnam Veteran
    Frederick
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The Wall of Faces

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