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Document Details


Title: Frederick Frick
Local code: OH0055
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Texas Tech University. Vietnam Archive
Collection: Vietnam Archive Oral History Project
Description: (USN) Captain Frick was present aboard the USS Maddox during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident. He served as a Lieutenant, junior grade and acted as Division Operations Officer. His duty station put Frick on the bridge, in CIC (Command Information Center) and the radio room. In his lengthy interview, Frick recounts his experience during the North Vietnamese attack on 2 August and the controversial events of 4 August in the Gulf of Tonkin. Frick discusses the role of the ships involved in the incident, orders received by the Maddox and speculates on the significance of the incident. The interview also involves the consequences of 34A ops (operations by the South Vietnamese Navy and Marines against North Vietnamese shore defenses, logistically supported by the US) and rebuts the accounts of others that claim the events of 4 August did not include an attack by the North Vietnamese Navy. Finally, Frick describes the effects the Tonkin incident had on his commanding officer's career and comments on the "Rules of Engagement." OH0055 OH0055 - part of the Captain Frederick Frick Collection
Extent: 39 pages
URL: http://star.vietnam.ttu.edu/cgi-bin/starfetch.exe?TarBWwL46HS78IbyS4mfvYCIM1dQEQ@LjX.EPN6EDBFiwSr4qoQWd5sqfWkjD1hz5qVaiIvVrPhDZnHa7T5tey2joFx4H6.6/OH0055.pdf
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Frick, Frederick
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: 08-Jan-1996
Interviewer: Gardner, Jeff
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Asia; North America; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Military camps--Vietnam; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Military history; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025297-27146