Crosby, Frederick Peter, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1965, VFP-63
Service Years
1954 - 1965
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jun 01, 1965
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 129 / Court 5 (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, American Battle Monuments Commission

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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)VFP-63
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
  1965-1965, VFP-63
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (62-65)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Sep 16, 1954, Commission Date
  Jun 01, 1964, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 04, 2016, General Photos4
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt.Cdr. Frederick P. Crosby was the pilot of an RF8A on a combat mission in Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam on June 1, 1965. As he was about 5 miles northeast of the city of Thanh Hoa, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire, crashed and exploded. It was felt that there was little or no hope that he survived, and Crosby was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered. Located near the city of Thanh Hoa was the famed "Dragon Jaw" bridge which was the object of many vain bombing attempts in 1965 and 1966.

Name of Award
Distinguished Flying Cross
Years Awarded
Details behind Awards:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Frederick Peter Crosby (NSN: 0-509126), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a jet photographic aircraft in Light Photographic Squadron SIXTY-THREE, Detachment ECHO, serving aboard U.S.S. BON HOMME RICHARD (CVA-31), on 1 June 1965. Lieutenant Commander Crosby was leader of a two-plane flight launched from the carrier to conduct bomb damage assessment photography against a heavily-defended bridge site at Dong Phong Thuong, North Vietnam. Lieutenant Commander Crosby, because of cloud coverage at the target area, executed his run at an extremely low altitude in the face of heavy enemy ground fire. After completing the run, his aircraft was hit by hostile fire and crashed. His courageous and selfless devotion to duty throughout the run were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: All Hands (April 1966)
Action Date: June 1, 1965
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Light Photographic Squadron 63
Division: U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
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