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Frederick Joseph Wozniak Collection (1313) Finding Aid

Item Number: 13130000000
 Collection

Scope and Contents

Artifacts and a military report document the military service and death in North Vietnam in 1967 of Major Frederick Joseph Wozniak (US Air Force). Artifacts include an Air Force uniform dress coat and liner, two flight suits, a blue dress uniform, flight jacket, dress uniform insignia (Lieutenant's bars, U.S. pins, and wings), short white formal jacket, two caps, a beret, and three hats. The military report, published in November 2003 by the Joint POW / MIA Accounting Command and titled 'Casualty Data Report Case 0570, RF - 4C Crash Site, Ha Tay Province, Socialist Republic of Vietnam,' documents the investigation of the disappearance of Major Wozniak over North Vietnam in 1967. It also documents the recovery and identification of his remains in 1995. The report also includes copies of documents relative to the case, photographs, maps, and explanations of and conclusions drawn from evidence collected at Wozniak's crash site. The report was given to the Wozniak family.

Dates

  • 06 April 2004

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Joseph Wozniak was born in 1941 in Alpena, Michigan, to Leon and Berna Wozniak, the oldest of their six children. In January 1967, while a lieutenant with the USAF 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, he and Major Gary G. Wright left Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, to conduct a daytime photo-reconnaissance mission of enemy targets southwest of Hanoi, North Vietnam. There was neither radio nor visual contact with their aircraft, and when their RF-4C failed to return to base, they were declared Missing In Action (MIA). The incident became Reference / Case Number 0570. Both men were promoted while carrying MIA status; Gary Wright to the rank of Colonel and Frederick Wozniak to the rank of Major. A military review board amended their status in 1978 from MIA to presumed Killed In Action. Through the investigative efforts of a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team and later a Joint Task Force/Full Accounting archival research team, it was determined through forensic, documentary, and circumstantial evidence that the RF-4C flown by Colonel Wright and Major Wozniak was shot down over Ha Tay Province by a surface to air missile on January 17, 1967.
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Finding Aid
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Location(s)
Individual Collections-W, Museum Objects; Cold Storage
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Photographs

VA037212: Photograph of two armed oriental women at site of aircraft crash

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Museum Objects

Blue visor cap with Air Force insignia
Air Force Garrison cap with Lieutenant insignia (2 caps)
Air Force Garrison cap
Air Force dress uniform insignia including wings, one pair of U.S. pins and one pair of Lieutenant's bar insignia
White formal dress coat
Air Force dress uniform (pants and jacket)
Flight jacket with Lieutenant shoulder insignia, Wozniak nametag, and 10th Tactical Recon Wing patches
Flight suit with Lieutenant shoulder insignia, Wozniak nametag, and 10th Tactical Recon Wing patches (2 suits)
Zip-in overcoat liner jacket
Black beret
White cap with visor (no insignia)
Air Force overcoat
1313museum1386: POW/MIA Bracelet for Captain Fredrick Wozniak 1-16-67

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1
Electronic Media

1313EM0239: Slides

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Moving Images

1313VI1677: Film

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1
Newsletters

National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia (17 March 2004)

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  • 1: [1] [TTU - Southwest Collections Building, Stacks [D059.6]]

Inventory

  • Casualty Data Report for Case Number 0570. Includes the data accumulated, forensic analyses, and conclusions of the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, regarding Frederick Wozniak's MIA case.
  • Correspondence
  • Field report of Joint Taskforce for Full Accounting Detachment One dated 10 February 1992
  • Letter from General Michael McGInty, senior casualty officer, to the families of POW/MIA recounting his testimony to the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (6 July 1992)
  • Letter from Colonel George A. Ward, Jr., updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (10 November 1992)
  • Letter from Colonel George A. Ward, Jr., updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (17 December 1992)
  • Letter from Lt. Colonel Larry Norman., updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (10 February 1993)
  • Letter from Lt. Lynn Maltbie to Mr. and Mrs. Leon J. Wozniak updating them on the hunt for the remains of their son Major Fredrick J. Wozniak and a copy of the Joint Task FOrce for Full Accounting report (19 February 1993)
  • Letter from Colonel Harry C. McMillin, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (8 November 1993)
  • Letter from Colonel Gerald Beverly, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (18 February 1994)
  • Letter from Colonel Gerald Beverly, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (1 December 1994)
  • Report of January 1995 Joint Task Force for Full Accounting trip to Vietnam in search of remains of Major Frederick Wozniak
  • Letter from Colonel Gerald Beverly, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (10 March 1995)
  • Letter from Colonel Gerald Beverly, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (12 June 1995)
  • Report of November 1995 Joint Task Force for Full Accounting trip to Vietnam in search of remains of Major Frederick Wozniak
  • Letter from Colonel Gerald Beverly, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (8 December 1995)
  • Letter from Colonel Gerald Beverly, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (18 December 1995)
  • Letter from Thomas Perry, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (12 June 1995)
  • Letter from Senator Jerry Patterson to POW/MIA family members inviting them to a ceremony on National POW/MIA Recognition Day (28 August 1998)
  • Letter from Thomas Perry, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (22 December 1998)
  • Correspondence between Barbara Platt and the Missing Persons Team regarding Joint Task Force for Full Accounting trip to Vietnam to interview photographers
  • Letter from James Russell, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (30 November 2000)
  • Letter from James Russell, updating family members on the search for U.S. remains in Vietnam (1 December 2003)
  • Department of Defense POW/MIA Newsletter
  • June 1992
  • October 1992
  • January 1993
  • July 1993
  • October 1993
  • February 1994
  • May 1994
  • November 1994
  • March 1995
  • June 1995
  • November 1995
  • Spring 1996
  • Spring 1998
  • POW-MIA Fact Book, Department of Defense, October 19952
1
Photographs

VA037212: Photograph of two armed oriental women at site of aircraft crash

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13
Museum Objects

Blue visor cap with Air Force insignia
Air Force Garrison cap with Lieutenant insignia (2 caps)
Air Force Garrison cap
Air Force dress uniform insignia including wings, one pair of U.S. pins and one pair of Lieutenant's bar insignia
White formal dress coat
Air Force dress uniform (pants and jacket)
Flight jacket with Lieutenant shoulder insignia, Wozniak nametag, and 10th Tactical Recon Wing patches
Flight suit with Lieutenant shoulder insignia, Wozniak nametag, and 10th Tactical Recon Wing patches (2 suits)
Zip-in overcoat liner jacket
Black beret
White cap with visor (no insignia)
Air Force overcoat
1313museum1386: POW/MIA Bracelet for Captain Fredrick Wozniak 1-16-67

Click here to view all Museum Objects
1
Electronic Media

1313EM0239: Slides

Click here to view all Electronic Media
1
Moving Images

1313VI1677: Film

Click here to view all Moving Images
1
Newsletters

National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia (17 March 2004)

Click here to view all Newsletters

Pub Credit Line
13130000000, Frederick Joseph Wozniak Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 06 Apr 2004 [Updated: 20 Oct 2017]