Biography

FRED LEON LANGUELL, born July 30, 1929, in Ft Wayne, IN, and entered the USN in October of 1948. He served on numerous ships, attaining boiler tender chief petty officer in July of 1959; successfully completed nuclear power surface program in 1961. Promoted to ensign in March of 1965 and assigned to RIV DIV 593 in 1970 and after turnover to Vietnam Navy, was reassigned to RIV DIV 594. While a member of RIV DIV 593, he participated in the invasion of Cambodia in April of 1970. He served as chief engineer on USS Sagamore (ATA-208); USS Shanadoah (AD-26) and was on two turnover crews to foreign navies. Languell was assigned to a U.S. military group to Chile from 1973 to 1977. He was promoted to lieutenant commander on July 1, 1973.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Device, Combat Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Pistoll Sharpshooter, Vietnam Campaign Unit Citation (first class with Palm), Meritorious Unit Citation, Armed forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct awards (five) and Rifle Marksman.

He married Carol in 1956 and they have two children, a son, Michael, at Vanderbilt University as a Ph.D. candidate, and a daughter, Joyce, who is a graduate of East Carolina University. Languell now lives in North Carolina.

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