Victoria, Frederick Pearce, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry /HHC
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Infantry

First Lieutenant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1941
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York , NY
Last Address
New York , NY


Casualty Date
Nov 18, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cemetery of the Evergreens - New Lebanon, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 085

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 

Recon


 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialNew York City Veterans AllianceThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, New York City Veterans Alliance - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 National Guard Awards


 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 18th Infantry 1st Infantry Division
  1965-1966, 1542, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry /HHC
  1965-1966, 1542, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Attleboro
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

 

FINAL MISSION OF 1LT FREDERICK P. VICTORIA

On November 17, 1966, Brigadier General James F. Hollingsworth, assistant division commander of the First Infantry Division, was flying in his C&C (Command and Control) UH-1 helicopter low over the jungle in the vicinity of Phu Loi, Tay Ninh Province, when his aircraft was fired on from below. Incensed, BG Hollingsworth reported this probable enemy position, and the next morning Reconnaissance Platoon of 1st Battalion, 18th Regiment, was sent out to engage the offending party. The 22-member patrol departed their base camp at 0900 hours with the sun blazing down and the temperature passing the 100 degree mark. After three hours of moving single-file through thick jungle vegetation, they came to a clearing. Sensing danger, point man PFC James S. Gilbert changed direction to stay within the tree line. After advancing only a dozen strides, a burst of automatic fire from and undetected enemy position at the far side of the clearing hit PFC Gilbert. He crumpled without a sound. The bullets had hit him in the right side and back. He died the next day. Ten meters behind him was a pile of logs that men of the forward rifle squad were crossing when the gunfire erupted. SGT Duncan E. Bass Jr. was at that moment atop the pile and scrambling for the far side when a rifle grenade exploded against the chamber of his M-16 rifle. Fragments from the blast shredded his face and chest. The blow knocked him down from the pile, flattening him. He was able to regain his feet and scream, then pitched forward headfirst, dead. Nearby, 1LT Frederick P. Victoria was felled by bullets. A medic crawled to him and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Victoria regained consciousness, opened his eyes and spoke, complaining of difficulty breathing. He passed out again, then opened his eyes once more, this time ordering the machine gun to move up. After this he did not speak again and his body slackened. His heart continued to beat strongly for several minutes. The medic radioed the battalion surgeon, asking what could be done for Victoria. He continued to apply heart massage and more mouth-to-mouth for another 10-15 minutes before another soldier pulled him off when it was clear the lieutenant had expired. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and the book “Ambush” by S.L.A. Marshall]

POSTED ON 11.9.2015
 
POSTED BY: MIKE WEINSTEIN
 

THE DAY HE DIED

I was the F.O for B/1/18, we were the rapid response for Recon when they got hit about 1500 meters out from Loc Ninh I believe. Our batallion commander would not let us respond. Fred was my friend. As another pointed out he was 10 days from going home.. He was a damn good man--excellent combat oficer and he should not have been out there. 
The battalion commander was decorated for flying around overhead in his helicopter. 

Mike Weinstein.
   
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My father served with First Lt. Victoria

Posted on 2/18/04 - by Michelle Furlow-Dazer Michelle@swfla.rr.com
My father would never talk about the war to me, but my uncle once told me that my father was very torn up about losing his Lieutenant, and never seemed to get over it.
I don't know if his family is aware, but there is a book that 1st Lt. Victoria is in along with my father. I didn't know about this book, until my father was already dead. After reading the book, I can see why my father and all the others in the platoon were so upset. He was a very courageous man.
I am deeply sorry for such a tremendous loss to the world.
The name of the book is Ambush (The Battle of Dau Tieng) written by S.L.A. Marshall.
 

THE BEST LT. I EVER HAD

Posted on 4/27/00 - by MEL LONG N/A
MY NAME IS MEL LONG --LT. VICTORIA WAS MY LT. WITH THE BIG RED ONE. WE BOTH WERE IN RECON TOGETHER IN 1966 . I GOT TO VIET NAM IN DEC. 5,1966 AND LEFT IN EARLY NOV. 1966 . I HAVE A COPY OF OUR VIET NAM NEWS PAPER THAT HAS THE LT. AND ME ON THE ARTICLE INSIDE. WE WERE ON AN OPERATION WITH THE NAVY SEALS. IF HIS FAMILY READS THIS THEY MAY REACH ME AT 770-516-7632. I WAS IN THE ARMY FOR TWO YEARS, LT. VICTORIA WAS THE BEST OFFICER I EVER HAD. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY FOR SUCH A GREAT LOSS.

 
   
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