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|13k||Raymond Frybarger, Jr. was born 22 April 1923 in Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve 22 April 1940. Private First Class Frybarger was killed in action
on Guadalcanal 14 September 1942. For his heroism in exposing himself to enemy fire in an attack on Henderson Field and maintaining effective rifle fire until killed, he was posthumously
awarded the Navy Cross. Other awards include the Purple Heart; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and Presidential Unit Citation.
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Raymond Frybarger, Jr. (284069), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division, during the enemy Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 and 14 September 1942. Fearlessly exposing himself to relentless enemy fire during a hostile attack on an airport, Private First Class Frybarger skillfully assisted in driving back the enemy, maintaining his effective rifle fire until he was killed in action. His valiant fighting spirit and unyielding devotion to duty were instrumental in preventing a flank movement by the enemy and contributed to the staunch defense of an important position. He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.
USS Frybarger (DE 705) (1944-1954) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of Bob Frybarger and the USS Frybarger Web Site)
|89k||Taken from the deck of USS Cabildo (LSD 16), sometime between 1951 and 1955.
(Photo by Don Fischer MM1, USN)
|424k||undated postwar image
(From the collection of HMC William A. Salisbury, USN)
|Contributed by his son,
James S. Salisbury
|102k||undated postwar image
(From the collection of Cdr. M. E. Meahl, USN)
|Contributed by his son, David Meahl|
(Ted Stone Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958 - 59")
England, United Kingdom
|View the USS Frybarger (DE 705) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Frybarger as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Frybarger's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 May 1944 - 01 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. Clifford C. Ewing, USNR|
|2.) 01 Oct. 1944 - .. .... 1946||Lcdr. William H. Wright Jr., USNR|
|3.) .. .... 1946 - .. Dec. 1946||Lt.(jg) J. E. Welsh, USNR|
|4.) .. Dec. 1946 - 30 Jun. 1947||Lcdr. Leonard Tway Switzer|
|5.) 06 Oct. 1950 - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Henry Ellis Hollingsworth|
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