FRED D WHITAKER
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HONORED ON PANEL 32W, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

FRED DARREL WHITAKER

WALL NAME

FRED D WHITAKER

PANEL / LINE

32W/41

DATE OF BIRTH

09/12/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/15/1969

HOME OF RECORD

HIGHLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lake County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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POSTED ON 7.3.2021

Final Mission of PFC Fred D. Whitaker

Hill 76 was a fire support base approximately four miles west of and slightly south of Chu Lai Airbase in Quang Tin Province, RVN. The base maintained batteries of both 105mm and 175mm guns. On February 15, 1969, 3rd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry was conducting a patrol near Hill 76. The platoon moved in line formation behind the point man, followed by a M79 grenadier, an M60 machine gunner and ammo bearer, another rifleman, the platoon leader, a radioman, the medic, and a similar arrangement down the column. In this configuration, they generally walked five paces apart. While passing along the base of Hill 76, a sniper fired on the patrol. A call went up for the medic; moving to the front of the line, he found infantryman PFC Fred D. Whitaker had been shot in the stomach below his flak jacket. A medivac was requested as the aidman administered emergency breaths. Whitaker died inflight on the way in to the hospital. He was posthumously promoted to Corporal. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Clint Whitmer at a-1-6.org]
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POSTED ON 12.19.2017
POSTED BY: Ceba

Thank You For Your Service

I’ve been watching veterans tell their stories to the Billings Gazette in YouTube and medic Whitmer mentioned the day you died. He was really affected by your loss. Thank you for your service American Hero.
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POSTED ON 12.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Fred Darrel Whitaker, 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 8.13.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Fred is buried at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, Scherereville,IN. BSM PH
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POSTED ON 12.23.1999
POSTED BY: William R. Carson

Remembering a friend.

I served with Fred in the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. I remeber the first time I saw him. We were on Hill 69, which was where our mortar platoon was set up, waiting to be assigned to our infantry squad. He was standing across the perimeter from me and I rememeber that I was very impressed by his appearance. He had black hair and a mustache with a handkerchief tied around his neck. We became friends because of our common predicament. I forget which squad he was assigned to but I was assigned to one of the two machine gun teams. The teams rotated between each squad so I would see Fred every few days. We always checked up on each other and talked about how things were going. I was in the hospital in Japan when Fred was killed. I found out about it when I got back to my unit. I have made it a point to remember him and I am glad to have this opportunity to talk about him. He was a good soldier and did his best while serving our country.
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