Born: October 27, 1942, Trenton, New Jersey
Died: January 18, 1996 (age 53), North Carolina
William Zabitosky was a United States Army soldier and a recipient
of the United States military's highest decoration - the Medal of Honor
- for his actions in the Vietnam War.
What do you know about Fred Zabitosky? Try this quick quiz.
1. Zabitosky joined the Army from his birth city of Trenton, New
Jersey, and on February 19, 1968 was serving with the 5th Special Forces
Group (Airborne). What was his rank?
- Staff Sergeant
- Master Sergeant
2. What was his duties on February 19, 1968 with a 9-man Special
Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol?
- Assistant team leader
- Unit commander
- Point gunner
3. Zabitosky's patrol was operating deep within enemy-controlled
territory when they were attacked by a numerically superior North
Vietnamese Army unit.
4. Zabitosky rallied his team members, deployed them into defensive
positions, and, exposing himself to concentrated enemy automatic weapons
fire, directed their return fire. Realizing the gravity of the
situation, he ordered his patrol to move to a while he covered their
withdrawal with rifle fire and grenades. Where did he order his men to
- Mountain hilltop
- Landing zone
- Base camp
5. Rejoining the patrol under increasing enemy pressure, he
positioned each man in a tight perimeter defense and continually moved
from man to man, encouraging them and controlling their defensive fire.
Due to his example, the outnumbered patrol maintained its precarious
position until the arrival of tactical air support and a helicopter
6. As the rescue helicopters arrived, the determined North Vietnamese
pressed their attack. What did Zabitosky do to adjust suppressive
helicopter gunship fire around the landing zone?
- Repeatedly exposed himself to their fire
- Repeatedly attacked the enemy positions
- Called for more reinforcements
7. After boarding 1 of the rescue helicopters, he positioned himself
in the door delivering fire on the enemy as the ship took off. The
helicopter was engulfed in a hail of bullets and Zabitosky was thrown
from the craft as it spun out of control and crashed. What happened to
him after hitting the ground?
- Captured by enemy troops
- Broke his legs
- Lost consciousness
8. Heedless of the danger of exploding ordnance and fuel, he pulled
the severely wounded pilot from the searing blaze and made repeated
attempts to rescue his patrol members but was driven back by the intense
heat. Despite his serious burns and crushed ribs, he carried and dragged
the unconscious pilot through a curtain of enemy fire to within 10 feet
of a hovering rescue helicopter before collapsing.
9. Where did Zabitosky's action happen?
- South Vietnam
- North Vietnam
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