Due to Vietnam, Fred was redirected to fighters, qualified in the single seat version of F-105 and was off to Korat Thai Air Base, Thailand in Oct 1966 where he participated in the Rolling Thunder Campaign/Package 6. His unit was tasked with a wide range of missions to include destroying the enemy in concentrated positions, taking out bridges, Supply depots, etc. Fred often flew 2 combat sorties a day and accumulated 118 combat sorties in 6 months. He had some close calls, but he was always fortunate enough to make it safely back to base. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 13 Air Medals during the war. Following Vietnam, Fred continued to serve the USAF in various positions, retiring in 1983 as Director, Public Affairs for NORAD and Chidlaw. His love of flying never diminished. He spent many years as an FAA Flight Instructor and is an FAA Master Pilot. Fred and his wife Cathy live in Durham, NC. They have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.