Frericks, Louis Wayne, 1LT

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First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
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1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
- 1969


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Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 12, 1969
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
29W 019

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Infantry Shoulder Cord 1st Infantry Division

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 18th Infantry 1st Infantry Division
  1968-1969, 1542, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry /HHC
  1968-1969, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
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Date of Birth 19460812 08/12/1946
Service A Army
Component V Reserve
Rank 1LT First Lieutenant
Grade and posthumous promotion O2
Service Occupation 1542 Infantry Unit Commander (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19690312 03/12/1969
Actual Date of Death 19690312 03/12/1969
Tour Date 681120 11/20/1968
Posthumous decoration DSC Army Distinguished Service Cross
Casualty Type A1 Hostile, Died
Reason D Gun, Small Arms Fire
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 23 Binh Duong
Casualty Location
C/1/18th Inf Rgt, 1st Inf Div

Major command, eg division or brigade 1st Inf Div
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit C Co
Battalion or similar level unit 1st Bn
Regiment, ROAD 18th Infantry

Home of Record City KINGS
Home of Record State Code Illinois

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Army - 1LT - O2
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Aug 12, 1946
Marital Status: Single
1LT - O2 - Army - Reserve
1st Inf Div

Length of service 2 years
His tour began on Nov 20, 1968
Casualty was on Mar 12, 1969
Body was recovered
  1st Lt. Louis Wayne Frericks
Louis W. Frericks graduated from Stillman Valley High School in Stillman Valley IL.
Here was was involved in many different sports. He than attended Bradley University
in Peoria IL from 1964-1966, where he was a member of Sigma Nu.
He was a 1st Lt. in Co. C 1st Bn. 18th Inf in the 1st Inf. division.
While in service to our country Louis was awarded many badges and medals. Incuding,
The Bronze Star, Army Conendation Medal, The Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge,
Parachutist Badge, Marksman Badge, and The Distinguisted Service Cross.
Memorials were set up in his high school and church to honor him and his family.
Posted by: Marie Frericks
Relationship: He is my son
Wednesday, December 26, 2001
The President of the United States takes pride, in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross, (Posthumously) to Louis Wayne Frericks,  First, Lieutenant, (Infantry) U.S., Army, for extraordinary heroism, in connection with military operations involving conflict, with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 1st, Battalion, 18th, Infantry, 1st, Infantry Division. First, Lieutenant, Frericks distinguished himself, by exceptionally valorous actions on 12, March 1969, while serving as platoon leader, during a night, ambush operation, near Lai Khe. As his element moved toward a rendezvous point, an enemy force assaulted the patrol with claymore mines, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Lieutenant, Frericks quickly, deployed his men into defensive positions to return fire, on the hostile force. Learning, that two, of his flank, security men, had been wounded in the initial enemy barrage, he immediately braved the intense fusillade to assist the two, casualties, to safety. While he was heroically administering lifesaving, first aid, to one of the injured men, he was critically wounded, by small arms fire. First, Lieutenant, Frericks' extraordinary, heroism and devotion, to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions, of the military service and reflect, great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. Headquarters, US., Army, Vietnam, General Orders, No., 2525. (July 12, 1969) Home Town: Kings, Illinois.
Jun 5, 2008

  I miss you my friend and fellow soldier.
Lou Frericks was my friend from OCS. We both graduated from 56th OCS Company on approximately Nov. 23, 1967. I went to Ft. Ord and taught Machine Gun at the 800 meter range while Lou, I believe went to Airborne school and served with a training unit prior to Jungle Training in Panama.   Lou was a very handsome guy who was a good athlete and had a great sense of humor.

Lou and I met again in Viet Nam as we were both assigned to the Big Red one and also the same company-- Charlie "C" Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry. I was the first platoon leader referred to as Lima (or Lima 6) and Lou was the second platoon leader--Mike and Lou was Mike 6. His entire call sign was Dogface Charlie Mike 6.

Lou and I had many good times together. He was a very good leader who was well like by his men. He was killed in action in the Michellon rubber plantation on March 12, 1969.

I was on R and R in Hawaii meeting my future wife at that time and while not excited about being back I was excited about just seeing the US put a man on the moon. Also, we had very few casualties in the Company and I expected our luck never to run out or at least not during my tour.

The world turned upside down when I returned from R and R and I was just devastated to hear that Lou had been killed when he went out to bring back his wounded flank security man during a NVA ambush. Lou was hit with a 51 caliber round in the head. His parents were not allowed to take a last look at their son because the extent of his wounds. I visited his parents- Harold and Marie when I returned from the War in Aug. 1969 at their farm in Kings Illionis. I also visited Lou's gravesite which was on a church property or near a church not far from Lou's home. Mr. Frericks confided in me that he made the Army open Lou's casket to make sure it was son. He told me that he has not told Lou's mother. He also told me that he was sick at what had been done to his son. Marie Frericks told me that Harold never recovered from his loss. She never recovered either.

I was looking forward to having a friend and confidant for life with Lou. Lou I sure miss you and think about you often

Later buddy,

Tom Padden Santa Monica, CA
Posted by: Tom Padden
Friday, April 18, 2008

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