Fred Bardshar

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Frederic Abshire Bardshar
Born October 20, 1915
Died September 13, 1993(1993-09-13) (aged 77)
La Jolla, San Diego, California
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held U.S.S. Constellation
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vice Director of Operations
Carrier Division Five
Task Force 77
Battles/wars World War II
Vietnam War
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (4)
Distinguished Flying Cross (3)
Air Medal (5)

Vice Admiral Frederic Abshire Bardshar (20 October 1915 – 13 September 1993) was an American World War II air ace,[1] who later became Commander of United States Navy Task Force 77 and Carrier Division Five during the Vietnam War.[2]

Military career[edit]

World War II[edit]

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).[3]


From November 1963 to November 1964, Captain Bardshar was the third Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier Constellation (CV-64).[4] 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.

Vietnam War[edit]

Bardshar commanded the Constellation during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident from which he led the first U.S. attacks on Vietnam. Later he served two tours with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Vice Director of Operations he led the planning for Operation Duck Hook to escalate U.S. involvement, eventually denied by President Nixon.[5] As commander of Task Force 77 he 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).[6]

Bardshar died at La Jolla, San Diego, on 13 September 1993.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "United States Navy and Marine Corps Aces". Naval Historical Center. Archived from the original on 1997-02-06. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  2. ^ "USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63) Command History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ Karig, Walter. Battle Report - the End of an Empire By Karig. READ BOOKS. p. 302. ISBN 1-4067-5405-6. 
  4. ^ "Commanding Officers of the United States Ship Constellation (CVA/CV-64)". U.S.S. Constellation CVA/CV-64 Association. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
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  6. ^ "America". Naval Historical Center. Archived from the original on 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved 2007-10-10. 

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