Bailey, Fred Earl, Maj

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Primary Unit
1966-1966, 14th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1950 - 1966
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Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 05, 1966
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Roselawn Cemetery - Tallahassee, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 009

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US Air ForceTraining Units21st Tactical Air Support Squadron14th Air Commando Wing
  1945-1945, Other Service Branches
  1965-1966, 3636th Combat Crew Training Group
  1966-1966, 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1966-1966, 14th Air Commando Wing
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  1966-1966 Vietnam War
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O-1/L-19 Bird Dog  
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"Major Fred Earl Bailey was from Pensacola, Florida and born on 11 September 1928. He was 37 and married when he died. He had sixteen years of service when he crashed in Binh Dinh Province South Vietnam. Maj. Bailey was assigned to the 14th Air Commando Wing at Na Trang. His body was recovered. Major Bailey had 239 days in combat before he died flying O-1E S/N 56-2647 on an escort mission..."

News Release - Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs, Washington D.C. Immediate Release, 7 June 1966 (No.499-66 (C=lll, Casulties in Vietnam:

Major Fred E. Bailey, husband of Mrs. Martha W. Bailey, 8120 Clarendon, Glendale."


Major Bailey attended Florida State University, dates to be determined, but  he was Pi Kappa Phi - Beta Eta Alunmi Chapter 02/18/50, thus likely finished in about 1950 and joined the military.
Major Bailey would have attended O-1E training at Hurlburt Field in Florida, the date yet determined , but since he was boots in country 16 Jan 66, it was likely 1965, as all forward observer pilots were required to attend Survival, Escape & Evasion Training after Hurlburt; then attend the Pacific Air Command Jungle Survival School at Clark Air Base, Phillippines on their way to Viet Nam.

 Gravestone reflects he served in WWII, so must have graduated from high school in 1945 and served a short time. The headstone also indicates he received the Silver Star, Air Medal with 5 OLCs and the Air Force Commendation Medal.  
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