Scope and Contents
Less than one linear foot of museum artifacts including an air pillow, an Americal Division wallet, a pair of Ho Chi Minh sandals, a knife, and excerpts from a diary document Fred Salazar's tour of duty in Vietnam, 1969-1970. The materials date from the war era.
Biographical / Historical
Fred Salazar was born in 1949 in Beeville, Texas. He volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1969 and served for six years, nine months of which were in Vietnam. He served as a E-2 infantryman with Company B, 4/3 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, from September 1969 to May of 1970. Salazar was stationed on San Juan Hill, Duc Pho, and Chu Lai. He was involved in the battle for Hill 285 on 3 January, 1970 and earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. Fred Salazar was honorably discharged as an E-4 infantryman in 1971.