George Harold FrySpecialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 506TH INF RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
07 November 1943 - 11 July 1969
Pavilion, New York
Panel 21W Line 100
The database page for George Harold Fry
Jim Schueckler, a Vietnam veteran and a National Park Service volunteer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, assisted during a visit of The Moving Wall to a city near the village of Pavilion, New York, where Specialist Fry is remembered on a town memorial to its only Vietnam War casualty. While there he met and talked with the family of Specialist George Fry. Afterwards, Jim felt compelled to remember George Fry and his family on The Virtual Wall.
14 April 2002
Over four years later, a man who had served with SP4 Fry, Bill Farnie, came across the memorial and noticed a critical error: the database page, which was derived from the official records, listed George Fry's death as due to drowning or suffocation as a result of enemy action.
Bill knew better; he was present when George Fry was shot to death during combat operations in the A Shau Valley. What's more, he knew that Fry had been decorated with the Silver Star, America's third highest award for heroism in combat, for the actions which led to his death. And finally, Bill and others from his 506th Infantry unit had been trying to get the official records corrected to reflect the true cause of Specialist George Fry's death: gunshot wounds sustained while in action.
Together with another member of Fry's unit, combat medic Richard "Doc" Daniels, Bill undertook to update and correct George Fry's memorial on The Virtual Wall. As a result of their concern for a comrade-in-arms long dead, yet alive still in the memories of family and friends, Specialist Four George Fry is properly honored on The Virtual Wall.
REMEMBEREDby the men he served with
and by the community he served.
One of the world's finest men,
soldiers and friends who ever existed.
Many are alive today because of him.
America should be proud of him.
I hope his friends and family have the
Richard "Doc" Daniels
I was the fourth platoon's Radio-Telephone Operator and fellow RTO of George Fry. The terrain on Hill 996 was very steep, mountainous, and heavily vegetated - all that caused problems with our radio transmissions. As a platoon RTO your responsibility was to try and maintain communications between your platoon leader and the company commander. George as the CO's RTO would maintain contact between the CO and Battalion Command. When under fire an RTO would do his best to keep communications open to call for air/artillery support and medevac of the wounded. During these occasions an RTO's attention was diverted to the task at hand and not necessarily to his personal safety.
George went way beyond his responsibility by leaving a relatively safe location to move to an area where there was less cover to re-establish communications between our platoons, CO, and the Battalion Command. By relaying information between these units, George gave us the capacity to call in artillery fire missions, coordinate our assault, and medevac our wounded. George did this after two Battalion RTO's who were with us were killed early in the assault. He knew full well that his action would put him in jeopardy but he put his fellow soldiers before his own life. Indeed our company would have suffered even more than approximately 50% casualties without his actions. George's deed saved many lives including my own.
George, may God bless you and may you rest in peace for eternity.
Salvador L. Gonzalez
I didn't get to know George very well because of him being Captain Ditchfield's RTO, I tried to stay away from the CO as much as possible, and anyone from Delta Company knows why, but I know that I'm probably alive today because of George's actions on Hill 996. He will never be forgotten by me and everyone else who was on the hill 7/11/69. God bless you, George.
From a fellow member of Delta Company 1/506,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 11 July 1969 twenty men from the 506th Infantry died on Hill 996:
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Richard "Doc" Daniels
11 Dec 1997
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 03/31/2005