Lewis, Frederick Harry, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11F4S-Special Forces Operations and Intelligence NCO
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11F4S, Command & Control Central (CCC), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Service Years
1948 - 1966

Sergeant First Class

Six Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Antonio, TX
Last Address
Breezy Hill Trailer-Court, Fayetteville, NC

Casualty Date
Oct 18, 1966
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Ba Xugen (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lafayette Memorial Park - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 087

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)
Special Forces
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)6th Special Forces GroupCommand & Control Central (CCC), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)Special Forces Units
  1961-1963, 1761, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1964-1965, 11F4S, 6th Special Forces Group
  1966-1966, 11F4S, Command & Control Central (CCC), MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1966-1966, 11F4S, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On October 18, 1966, Operation Crimson Tide took place, a n mission credited as being the first to attempt to recover an American POW (USAF CAPT Carl E. Jackson) who was being held by the Viet Cong at one of their R&R center located at Soc Trang. A SOG size company element was formed and commanded by CAPT Frank Jaks, a Czechoslovakia by birth, and was tasked with the rescue mission. SFC Charles R. Vessels and SFC Frederick H. Lewis were part of the 3rd Platoon. Their helicopters landed them directly in front of two heavily armed Viet Cong Battalions and the 306th NVA regiment with an estimated 1,000 soldiers. The entire 3rd Platoon was annihilated. All of the SOG participants were members of FOB-2. Unfortunately, the hastily crafted mission caused the force to land right in the middle of two well trained VC battalions. Needless to say, they did not rescue anyone and FOB-2 suffered very heavy casualties, including a couple of U.S. reconnaissance personnel (SFC Vessels and SFC Lewis). This operation is covered in a couple of different chapters in Jay Veith's book: CODE NAME: "Bright Light, The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the Vietnam War". [Taken from macvsog.cc]
Your top secret Search and Rescue mission is in a book entitled "SOG" by John Plaster, where you volunteered for a mission to rescue downed USAF pilot Captain Carl Jackson, who in 1965 was shot down in his C130 transport plane. You were attempting to rescue him from a POW camp that intelligence had advised he was being held in. The fact that you bravely continued to fight the enemy even after your Huey landed in the middle of intersecting 50 caliber machine gun fire and two full Vietcong battalions shows your true heroism. Although Captain Jackson is still listed as MIA, perhaps his family can appreciate the sacrifices made by your SOG platoon in trying to rescue Captain Jackson.

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