Frederick Eaton

Lt Col Frederick C Eaton Jr was assigned to the 301st BG 301st HQ.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS): Pilot.

PILOT

Captain Frederick 'Fred' C. Eaton, Jr

Born July 15, 1917 in Scarsdale, New York. Eaton attended Dartmouth College and played on their squash team before joining the US Army Air Force.

Assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 22nd Bomb Squadron. Known as 'Fred' or 'Freddy' to his squadron mates. At 25 he was piloting a B-17E on his first combat mission of February 23, 1942. After their escape from the swamp, Eaton returned to combat, flying a total of 54 missions and 435 combat hours in the South Pacific theater thur the rest of 1942. He had other harrowing missions, like force landing an LB-30 at Milne Bay.

After this tour, he went on to fly in Europe, flying 4 mission and 21 combat hours from the United Kingdom and another 44 missions and 222 combat hours in Italy (15th AF, 301st BG), totaling 102 missions and 678 hours, all in B-17s.

After the war, he worked for Sears Roebuck & Company. In the late 1980's he retired to Martha's Vineyard with his wife Peggy, and spent winters in South Carolina. Eaton passed away March 31, 1994. Wartime photo via Richard Gillespie, current photo via Mrs. Eaton.

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Date Order Award Ribbon & Device Document Originator Rank Status

09/10/1943

General Order (GO)* : 193

Issuing Authority: 5AF

Current Rank: CAPT

ROS On Roster Type Document

03/15/1944

General Order (GO)* : 145

SS/2OLC Silver Star Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Silver Star Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: Lt Col

04/28/1944

General Order (GO)* : 310

AM/1OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: Lt Col

05/14/1944

General Order (GO)* : 443

AM/2OLC Air Medal Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster

Air Medal (AM) Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: Lt Col

06/13/1944

General Order (GO)* : 1001

Issuing Authority: 15th Air Force

Current Rank: LTC

05/20/1945

General Order (GO)* : 98

Issuing Authority: 5AF

Current Rank: CAPT

ROS On Roster Type Document

10/19/1945

General Order (GO)* : 166

Issuing Authority: 5AF

Current Rank: CAPT

ROS On Roster Type Document

* Documents are of the type/classification of "General Order" for most award documents. The listed documents are GO, General Order unless otherwise stated. For example. Special Orders.

The Issuing Authority is the Command and author of the document.


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