Bardshar, Frederic Abshire, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
632X-Limited Duty Officer - Aviation Operations
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1970-1971, Task force 77, COMSEVENTHFLT
Service Years
1938 - 1973
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Bardshar, Frederic Abshire, VADM USN(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Date of Passing
Sep 14, 1993
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationAmerican Cold War Veterans
  1973, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1973, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1973, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, American Cold War Veterans

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Navy Distinguished Service Medal Citation reads:

For exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as Commander, Attack Carrier Striking Force, United States SEVENTH Fleet, from February 1970 to March 1971 during combat operations against enemy forces in Southeast Asia. Responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of air and surface strike and reconnaissance operations against enemy military targets and lines of communication in Southeast Asia, Vice Admiral Bardshar directed the many and varied tasks of the carrier striking force with superb leadership, tactical skill, and resourcefulness. Under his guidance, the task force contributed outstandingly to the efforts of the United States and other free-world nations in Southeast Asia. Vice Admiral Bardshar demonstrated excellent leadership and planning ability in connection with the successful diversionary air strikes over North Vietnam in support of the Son Tay prisoner of war search and rescue operation of 21 November 1970. This operation was followed within a matter of hours by extensive protective reaction air strikes which required extensive planning and coordination. Essential to the successful development of Southeast Asia strategy was the vast array of coordinated conventional contingency plans prepared under Vice Admiral Bardshar's direction. Also, during this period, he provided a preceptive analysis and evaluation of new weapons systems as they were first introduced to the fleet. By his keen foresight, diplomacy and demonstrated ability to apply the versatility and flexibility of sea power to the ever-changing military situation in Southeast Asia, Vice Admiral Bardshar rendered distinguished service and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAS PensacolaNAS Daytona BeachUSS Princeton (CVL-23)
USS Independence (CVL-22)NAS AlamedaNAS San DiegoNTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
USS Leyte (CV-32)Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAVSupreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)USS Pawcatuck (AO-108)
USS Constellation (CVA-64)USS America (CV-66)COMSEVENTHFLT
  1938-1938, USS Reina Mercedes (IX-25)
  1938-1942, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1942-1943, NAS Pensacola
  1943-1943, NAS Daytona Beach
  1944-1944, USS Princeton (CVL-23)
  1945-1945, USS Independence (CVL-22)
  1945-1947, NAS Alameda
  1948-1948, NAS San Diego
  1951-1951, NTPS - Navy Test Pilot School
  1953-1954, USS Leyte (CV-32)
  1956-1958, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1958-1960, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE)
  1961-1961, USS Pawcatuck (AO-108)
  1963-1965, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
  1970-1970, 632X, USS America (CV-66)
  1970-1971, Task force 77, COMSEVENTHFLT
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
  1964-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)/Gulf of Tonkin Incident
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)/Operation Kingpin
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval War College
  1934-1938, United States Naval Academy
  1947-1948, Naval War College
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