FREDERICK W BALDAUF
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 28 OF THE WALL

FREDERICK WILLIAM BALDAUF

WALL NAME

FREDERICK W BALDAUF

PANEL / LINE

5W/28

DATE OF BIRTH

09/27/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/06/1971

HOME OF RECORD

PITTSBURGH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Allegheny County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR FREDERICK WILLIAM BALDAUF
POSTED ON 11.1.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC BALDAUF,
THANKS FOR BEING AN ANTITANK ASSAULTMAN. SEMPER FI,
TODAY IS ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS' DAYS IS TOMORROW - THE DAYS WE HONOR THOSE WHO LEFT US. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 8.26.2016

Final Mission of PFC Frederick W. Baldauf

PFC Frederick W. Baldauf was trained as an anti-tank assaultman and was assigned to 3rd Platoon, L Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. On January 6, 1971, he was killed by a sniper while in a night defensive position in Quang Nam Province, RVN. The following is an account of his death from his platoon commander Jeffrey Zorn (with some editing for clarity): PFC Baldauf, also known as “Tweety Bird,” was one of the most popular men in 3rd Platoon. He was called Tweety Bird because of the tone of his voice and his great sense of humor. He was a fun loving guy who took his job seriously. He had been with me since I came back from a short tour at the 5th Marine Regiment Command Operation Center. From the 6th of December 1970 until the 6th of January 1971, the platoon was involved in five near ambushes with Viet Cong and NVA, with no casualties on the Marine side. On the night of January 5th (1971), Frederick's squad was involved in a near ambush while in the process of setting up their own ambush. The next day, the 6th, I kept his squad with me to provide perimeter security while the other two squads went out on patrol. One squad was subsequently ambushed and four Marines were wounded. LCPL Gary R. Boeck, one of the wounded, later succumbed to his wounds. PFC Baldauf was on perimeter security when the two patrols returned. We then redistributed ammunition in preparation for our three night ambushes. I was making a check of the perimeter prior to breaking camp to go to our designated ambush sites when I stopped to check on Frederick to see if he was ready to go and if he had enough ammunition. We were looking out across a clearing into a tree line approximately 50 meters away. I turned to go, and after about 3 or 4 steps, a sniper fired a short AK-47 burst from the tree line, striking Frederick who fell dead at my feet. I always believed he took rounds that were meant for me. A short fire fight took place but I regret to say I cannot confirm we killed the sniper. Frederick's loss compounded the tragedy of the earlier loss of LCPL Boeck. Since it was too foggy for medivacs to fly or be resupplied with ammunition, I called off the three-ambush scenario and had the platoon move to the site of our first successful ambush on December 6th and set up a larger perimeter. We had about seven rounds of M-16, ammunition per man and about 100 rounds of machine gun ammo for our two guns. Not much considering how popular our platoon was among the enemy. I spent that rainy night in a large shell crater with the radio sitting next to Frederick who was wrapped in his poncho. During that long night each member of the platoon crawled over, one at a time, to say their personal good-byes. The next morning a Medivac chopper came to retrieve Frederick and also drop us some more ammunition. It was a long, somber walk back to Fire Support Base Ross for the 3rd Platoon of Lima Company, 3rd, Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. A few days later, we held a memorial service for both Marines who had been close friends. I hope this information is not deemed as being to insensitive as I have never spoken of these events as they happened 39 years ago. (Narrative by Jeffrey Zorn, July 5, 2009) [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and thewall-usa.com]
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POSTED ON 1.6.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Semper Fi

Semper Fi Marine.
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POSTED ON 12.18.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Frederick William Baldauf, 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 6.14.2013

If I should die...remembrances for PFC Frederick William BALDAUF, USMC...Pittsburgh's bravest hero!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.

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