|Frederic Abshire Bardshar|
|Born||October 20, 1915|
|Died||September 13, 1993
La Jolla, San Diego, California
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Vice Admiral Frederic Abshire Bardshar (20 October 1915 – 13 September 1993) was an American World War II air ace, who later became Commander of United States Navy Task Force 77 and Carrier Division Five during the Vietnam War.
World War II
During World War II, Lt.Cdr. Bardshar piloted a Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, and was credited with eight kills at the Philippines during the Battle for Leyte Gulf in 1944. He was made commander of Air Group 27, based aboard the Princeton (CVL-23).
From November 1963 to November 1964, Captain Bardshar was the third Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier Constellation (CV-64). In 1969, Rear Admiral Bardshar led an investigation into the fire aboard the Enterprise (CVN-65) when a Zuni rocket misfired, resulting in the deaths of 27 crew, and 314 more injured.
Bardshar commanded the Constellation during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. During the Vietnam War, Bardshar was involved in Operation Ivory Coast, to liberate 55 American pilots from Son Tay POW camp. On 20 August 1970, Vice Admiral Bardshar hosted the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, aboard the aircraft carrier America (CV-66).
Bardshar died at La Jolla, San Diego, on 13 September 1993.
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