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FRED HAROLD PADDLEFORD


is honored on Panel 24W, Line 47 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 7/23/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On May 13,1969, at approximately 0200 hours, “C” Battery at FSB Bastogne in Thua Thien Province, RVN, began taking incoming rounds (RPG and mortars). Because of a move scheduled for the next day, the powder and projectile bunkers had been torn down and the ammunition exposed. The powder in the #4 gun pit began burning and the projectiles began exploding. There was a total of 19 personnel wounded in this action, including the battery commander and XO. It was estimated that only one or two personnel were wounded as a direct result of enemy fire, the rest were wounded when the burning ammunition exploded. One of the wounded later died from his wounds to become the battalion’s first fatality as a result of hostile fire. Three Silver Stars and two Bronze Stars with “V” were the first awarded to the battalion up to this time. One of the awards, a Silver Star, was awarded to a medic injured while treating personnel. The medic, SP4 Fred H. Paddleford, later died from his wounds. The other two Silver Stars were awarded to the XO and an E-5 section chief who disregarded their own safety to move the two 175mm guns off their burning pads to a defilade location. This saved these two guns from being totally destroyed. Paddleford was posthumously promoted to sergeant. [1stbn83rdartyvietnam.com]
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 8/21/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SGT Fred Harold Paddleford, 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Remember Freddie

    Posted on 7/7/16 - by Frank Williams fwillia@bellsouth.net
    Rest in peace Freddie
  • Cousin of a similar name

    Posted on 3/26/15 - by Timothy P. Padelford
    Fred, I was at the WALL in D.C. and saw your name and rembered the family history. My dad's name was Fred also. I am thankful for your dedication to duty and to our nation. Veteran's with similar last names have served our country since we became a country. My prayers are for your family. I look forward to seeing you with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus. May the Lord bless you and keep you...
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  • Rest in Peace

    Posted on 6/24/14 - by Bill Taggart
    Doc was part of the 1st Battalion 83rd Artillery in Vietnam and will be remembered always by his 1/83rd Family. Rest in Peace Brother.
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