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FREDRIC MOORE MELLOR


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 52 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Final Mission of CAPT Fredric M. Mellor

    Posted on 9/27/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On August 13, 1965, CAPT Fredric M. Mellor departed Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base as the pilot of a U.S. Air Force RF-101C Voodoo (#56-0186), the lead aircraft in a flight of two to conduct an early morning photo reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. During the flight over the target area, CAPT Mellor's aircraft was damaged by hostile ground fire. His radio became inoperative and the wingman noticed a fire in the nose wheel-well area of his flight leader's aircraft. Mellor, using hand signals, instructed the wingman to assume the lead. After a short time in the lead position, the wingman turned to check the Mellor’s damaged Voodoo, and it was missing. An immediate search was begun, but Mellor could not be found. Search and rescue facilities were alerted, and additional RF-101 pilots established radio beeper signals and voice contact with Mellor. Mellor indicated that he was all right and that the search aircraft had flown right over him. On the first search, rescue helicopters were unable to locate Mellor. On the second search, one of the RF-101 pilots who had made the radio contact with Mellor on the ground went along in the backseat of an A-1E Skyraider. On this search, a strong beeper was heard. Mellor was instructed not to give his position away, to turn his beeper off, and to await rescue helicopter pick-up. When the helicopter was two miles away, broadcast instructions were given to Mellor to throw out flares for marking the pick-up point. No flares were seen, and no further contact was made with Mellor. Searching continued until darkness that day, and for the next two days an expanded area was searched but Mellor could not be found, and the aircraft wreckage was not located. Years after the war ended, the U.S. government learned of North Vietnamese witnesses who claimed they saw or participated in the shoot-down of an American aircraft and the capture and death of its pilot. On November 22, 1991, four Vietnamese witnesses returned to the site where the pilot was allegedly killed. One witness recovered remains and personal effects and turned the evidence over to U.S. investigators. To identify Mellor’s remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, anthropological and isotopic analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence. In the summer of 2018, the DPAA announced that Mellor’s remain were being returned to his family for burial. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, findagrave.com, and dpaa.mil]
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  • Former MIA Col Fredric M. Mellor - Update from DPAA (Accounted for)

    Posted on 8/13/18 - by kr
    According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) website at the below link, former MIA Colonel Fredric Moore Mellor was accounted for on 13 July 2018:

    https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000001UdSEAU

    The latest DPAA update (17 July 2018) lists 1,596 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War.

    http://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/VietnamAccounting/2018stats/Stats20180717.pdf

    At the time of his loss, Captain Mellor was the pilot of a RF-101C Voodoo when he was shot down on 13 August 1965 - 53 years ago. While in MIA status, the U.S. Air Force promoted him from Captain to Major, then to Lieutenant Colonel and, finally, to Colonel.
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  • Former MIA Lt Col Fredric M. Mellor - Accounted for per ABMC (Honolulu Memorial)

    Posted on 8/9/18 - by kr
    Former MIA Lt Col Fredric Moore Mellor has his name chiseled into one of the "Courts of the Missing" at the Honolulu Memorial in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii. See the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) website at the below link. The entry indicates Lt Col Mellor's remains have been accounted for.

    https://www.abmc.gov/node/511921#.W2yOcPZFzIU
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  • Lt Col Fredric M. Mellor - Info from POW Network (MIA)

    Posted on 8/8/18 - by kr
    Information about MIA Lt Col Fredric Moore Mellor from the POW Network website is at this link:

    http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/m/m053.htm
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  • Lt Col Fredric M. Mellor - Info from Task Force Omega (MIA)

    Posted on 8/7/18 - by kr
    Information about Lt Col Fredric Moore Mellor from the Task Force Omega website is at this link:

    http://taskforceomegainc.org/m053.html

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