FRED H PADDLEFORD
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HONORED ON PANEL 24W, LINE 47 OF THE WALL

FRED HAROLD PADDLEFORD

WALL NAME

FRED H PADDLEFORD

PANEL / LINE

24W/47

DATE OF BIRTH

06/10/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/18/1969

HOME OF RECORD

JACKSONVILLE

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR FRED HAROLD PADDLEFORD
POSTED ON 9.8.2021
POSTED BY: Walter William Laramie

Personal remembrance

I remember Fred like it was yesterday. I met him when we were both assigned to HHB, 1st BN, 83rd FA. He was a medic and I was the S-3 operations specialist (clerk). He was easy to talk to and had a great sense of humor. He was bored in our relatively safe HQ environment and felt that he needed to be where his skills were more needed. Unfortunately, that desire would put him in harm's way. That said, he was doing what he felt he needed to do, making sure that his comrades returned home. He was assisting the injured in spite of the fact that he was in mortal danger. Fred's passing will always stick with me as his was the only 1/83 FA combat fatality during the 12 months and 18 days that I spent in-country. RIP Fred. You earned it.
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POSTED ON 3.12.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Fred Paddleford, Thank you for your service as a Medical NCO. Thank you for the lives you saved. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Lent has begun, and it is the end of winter. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.23.2017

Ground Casualty

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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POSTED ON 8.21.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

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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POSTED ON 7.7.2016
POSTED BY: Frank Williams

Remember Freddie

Rest in peace Freddie
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