Fredric Woodrow Knapp

Lieutenant (junior grade)
United States Navy
29 July 1943 - 02 November 1967
Huntington, NY
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Naval Aviator

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Fredric Woodrow Knapp

9 Jan 2002

Yale Teammates

Remember Woody
Class of 1965

Anthony M. Lavely
23 Mar 2004

I entered life the same day that you left. I will forever be in debt for the service and sacrifice that you gave your nation.

In Humble Gratitude, from an admirer,

The Mission

On November 2, 1967, VA-164 pilot LTJG Frederic Knapp launched as the lead of a flight of two aircraft on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The wingman reported that during an attack run, the aircraft appeared to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire. The wingman saw Knapp's aircraft impact the ground and did not see the canopy separate from the aircraft. There was no parachute sighted or emergency radio beeper heard. The aircraft crashed about 9 kilometers west-southwest of Cho Giat, near Route 116, in Nghe An Province.

A villager later reported that people from his village had removed the remains of a dead pilot from his aircraft and buried the remains nearby. These remains are believed to be those of Knapp. On October 14, 1982, Vietnamese officials turned over to U.S. authorities a Geneva Convention card belonging to LTJG Knapp. To date, no remains have been repatriated.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a Yale teammate,
Anthony M. Lavely 
9 Jan 2002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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