Witchet, Fred, Sr., SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
Service Years
1945 - 1965

Staff Sergeant

Seven Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Paradise Cemetery - Houston, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 098

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
  1965-1965, 11B10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1965-1965, 11B10, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
  Start Tour:      08/18/1965
"Pen and Patriotism" Memorial Day Essay -2011 
"What Memorial Day Means to Me"
My name is Carl Witchet II. I am a 5th grader and a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chappell Hill, Texas. Memorial Day! One of the holidays that comes right before school ends and summer begins! That is what I used to be excited about. Now, I have been given a greater meaning of what this day, called "Memorial Day"  really means. It is a day that has been set aside to honor all of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom, for our country. For some years now, my family and I would go to the cemetery to stand over a piece of land with a stone at the top of it. While standing there in silence, no one talking and watching my dad with  tears in his eyes, I would wonder, "What are we doing here, why do we have to come to such a place? After having my parents explain to me that my grandfather, Fred Douglas Witchet, was buried there and my family goes there to place flowers on his gravesite to remember him as a husband, [and]as a father who left home to serve in the military, fighting for his country and his family. The reason that he is buried there is not because of his age, but because he was killed in the Vietnam War. My grandfather served in 3 wars, World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. Now I understand why my father had tears in his eyes. He was 4 years old when the news came back to the Witchet household that my grandfather would not be coming home. My grandmother was on her own to raise 4 (four) children alone. But with God's help, she has done a great job! My grandfather's company was recognized in the the movie, "We are Soldiers", a movie that Mel Gibson produced. It is such an
honor to be able to read the credits of the movie and see his name rolling across the screen.

I am blessed to have my other grandfather, Virgil Wilburn, survive the Korean War and was able to come home to his family. I look up to him because he is a great example and role model for me to follow.Memorial Day,  along with Veteran's Day has great meaning for me in my heart because of the special people that God has  laced in my life. And for this, I am proud!  Again, my name is Carl Witchet II. -
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