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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 12/3/16 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant First Class Fred Monroe Owens, Served with Special Detachment 5891 (SD-5981), Advisory Team 70, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command Vietnam Advisors (MACV), SD-5981 was attached to the 5th ARVN Division at the time.
  • Uncle Freddie

    Posted on 9/27/16 - by Vickie Kelley
    I was 14 years old when my Uncle, Fred M. Owen was shot down in 1965 along with others. He was my Mother's younger Brother and we have waited all of these years for them to find his remains and bring him home. My Mother is 87 now and her DNA was taken some years ago from the Army in hope of identifying his remains if ever found. I hope that she is still alive when they do find them and can have some closure.

    Posted on 12/15/15 - by
    I am Fred Monroe's daughter from his 1st marriage to Lois Williams. My name is Connie. Seeing his picture---I have no words. I have read all the reports from the government trying to find out what happened to him. I am so proud of him....and so sad at the same time. If any family members would like to share information they have I would be very grateful.
  • Uncle Fred M. Owens

    Posted on 11/25/15 - by Linda Rae (Stansel) Ramirez
    Fred M. Owens, was my Mothers, youngest Brother. Velma M. Friedrich. 86.
    We always looked forward, to seeing him on his furloughs.
    He was so much loved, by our family.
    Good memories, of him.
    I was the oldest, of my siblings.
    I have often wondered, why can't they find, and bring him and the others, home.
    He has a Daughter, She never got to know him.
    He was a great Man. Who loved the military.
    Uncle Freddie, we will get to be with you, someday.
    I love you.
  • Final Mission of SFC Fred M. Owens

    Posted on 6/29/15 - by
    On May 25, 1965, Special Forces Detachment A-342 was airlanded at Dong Xoai, a district capital of Phuoc Long Province, through which the Viet Cong supply lifeline from Cambodia into War Zone D tracked. The Special Forces Detachment, together with Navy Seabees, built a camp and among other duties, assumed the MACV subsector role for Don Luan district. Intermittent Viet Cong mortar rounds lobbed into the new camp, and were considered only the usual harassment, but sightings of large VC formations nearing the town increased. At 2310 hours on the night of June 9, CIDG teams around the camp's perimeter were silenced by the 762nd and 763rd VC Regiments. There was no opportunity to warn the camp, and only a few survived. At 2330, the camp was heavily mortared, and came under a heavy ground assault. The camp was overrun, and most of the CIDG and LLDB withdrew. At the camp, 2LT Charles Q. Williams, seriously wounded, was directing the defense of the compound with singular valor and would later be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Dong Xoai. Before South Vietnamese relief forces could arrive, a team of advisors was sent in from Than Son Nhut, where MACV was headquartered. The team was aboard a UH-1B helicopter from the 188th Aviation Company flown by LT Walter L. Hall. The crew consisted of co-pilot WO Donald R. Saegaert, crew chief SSGT Joseph J. Compa Jr., and gunner SGT Craig L. Hagen. The advisors from MACV Special Detachment 5891 were medic SSGT Robert L. Curlee Jr. and advisors CAPT Bruce G. Johnson and SFC Fred M. Owens. When the helicopter was disembarking troops on a plantation landing zone, it came under heavy mortar and small arms fire. The helicopter took off and started a climbing turn. Upon clearing some buildings left of the landing zone, the helicopter went into uncontrolled flight and in crashing, skidded into some parked vehicles and burst into flames. A circling pilot immediately established radio contact with Johnson, who stated that he was standing by the downed helicopter, and that the crew and other two advisors with him were dead. He reported that the situation was very bad - not to send anyone else in. Johnson stated that he was under heavy fire, and two mortar shells were subsequently seen to land in his vicinity. A subsequent search of the crash site was conducted when the area was resecured (on June 15), but no American remains were found, nor was Johnson seen. Villagers in the area reported that an American had been captured on that day, but no verifiable information has surfaced since that time. Villagers also stated that the Viet Cong had carried away the bodies of 7 Americans and had buried them. A captured Viet Cong film entitled "Dong Xoai in Flames" pictured the bodies of five or six Americans as well as several crashed helicopters. One of these helicopters bore the serial number 38557. The name tag "Owens" and the last two letters of another name tag, "ll" (possibly Hall's) are shown in the film, lending some more credence to the report that the Viet Cong took possession of the aircraft and that all aboard were killed. [Taken from]
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