GERALD W FRITZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 125 OF THE WALL

GERALD W FRITZ

WALL NAME

GERALD W FRITZ

PANEL / LINE

1W/125

DATE OF BIRTH

05/06/1954

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/13/1975

HOME OF RECORD

JUNCTION

COUNTY OF RECORD

Kimble County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GERALD W FRITZ
POSTED ON 2.11.2019
POSTED BY: Larry Miller

Dedication of K-9 Training Area At Goodfellow AFB

On March 29th, 2019, the K-9 Training Area at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX will be memorialized and renamed in honor of Sgt Gerald Fritz. Sgt Fritz was a dog handler before his assignment to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base.
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POSTED ON 10.19.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Gerald Fritz,
Thank you for your service with the 56th Security Police Sq. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 11.13.2016
POSTED BY: Michael F Lachman - EX- USAF Now retired .

Fellow K-9

I was stationed briefly at Malmstrom AFB Montana before Sgt Gerald Fritz was transferred to SE Asia. I remember as a easy going but Strong Man and a Proficient K-9 Security Policeman . He was a good friend and was the only person to let me use his boat to go fishing in while stationed with him in Montana. He was a upstanding Airman and a Straight Arrow as a man,my life was improved knowing Him .
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POSTED ON 5.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering an American Hero

Dear SGT Gerald W Fritz, 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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POSTED ON 11.15.2012

Crash Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter CH-53A tail number 68-10933

On May 13, 1975 at 2030 local time, 16 Sikorsky CH-53Cs took off from RTAFB Nakhon Phanom. One of the 16, Knife 13 CH-53 BuNo 68-10933, carried a crew of four and 18 USAF Security Police on board to assist in the recovery operation of the SS Mayaguez. A 22nd person in the role of a linguist accompanied them. Shortly after takeoff, Knife 13 fell out of formation and the helicopter disappeared from the airfield's departure radar 40 miles west of the airfield, 330 miles NE of Bangkok on the Thai-Laotion border. The aircraft crashed and exploded on impact. All 22 aboard were killed in the crash. Other CH-53s landed nearby, but exploding ammunition and burning fuel hindered all rescue attempts. All 22 killed in the crash were awarded the Bronze Star posthumously. The 21st SOS aircrew consisted of CAPT James G. Kays, 1LT Laurence E. Froehlich, TSGT George E. McMullen III, and SGT Robert P. Weldon. The 56th Security Police Squadron included SGT Jimmy P. Black, SGT Bobby G. Collums, SSGT Gerald A. Coyle, SGT Thomas D. Dwyer, SGT Bob W. Ford, SGT Gerald W. Fritz, TSGT Jackie D. Glenn, SGT Darrell L. Hamlin, SGT Gregory L. Hankamer, SGT David A. Higgs, SSGT Faleagafula Ilaoa, SGT Michael D. Lane, SGT Dennis W. London, SGT Robert P. Mathias, SGT William R. McKelvey, AMN Edgar C. Moran II, SGT Tommy R. Nealis, and SGT Robert W. Ross. (*Malmstrom AFB MWD kennels were named in honor of SGT Gerald W. Fritz who lost his life in the crash) [Taken from vhpa.org and various websites]

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