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Frederic Abshire Bardshar
Born (1915-10-20)October 20, 1915
Died September 13, 1993(1993-09-13) (aged 77)
Place of death La Jolla, San Diego, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars World War II
Vietnam War

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

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).[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

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).[5]

Bardshar died at La Jolla, San Diego, on 13 September 1993.[6]


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