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Frederic Carl Schumacher

Home of record: St. Louis Missouri
Status: POW

On January 23, 1968, the U.S.S. PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months. The U.S.S. Pueblo remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy and is the only ship of the U.S. Navy currently being held captive. It is on public display in North Korea despite continuing diplomatic efforts to secure its return.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant [then Lieutenant Junior Grade] Frederic Carl Schumacher, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 23 January 1968 which serving on board U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) during the unwarranted attack upon and illegal seizure of that vessel in international waters in the Sea of Japan by North Korean naval and air force consisting of two patrol boats, four torpedo boats, and two aircraft. When the U.S.S. PUEBLO came under heavy fire from these North Korean units, Lieutenant Schumacher, as Operations Officer, repeatedly exposed himself to the intense fire while organizing and providing the necessary supervision to ensure the destruction of all classified materials under his purview. Through his inspiring leadership, courage, and dedication in the face of hostile fire, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 23-Jan-68

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Operations Officer

Division: U.S.S. Pueblo (AGER-2)

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Frederic Carl Schumacher, United States Navy, for meritorious service as a crew member of the U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) during his period of captivity in North Korea from 24 January to 23 December 1968. Although subjected to extreme forms of physical and mental cruelties, which were in violation of all international agreements, he steadfastly demonstrated defiance and total resistance towards his captors. He never wavered in his devotion to duty and loyalty to the United States, even though the guards and interrogators, frustrated by his behavior, increased the tempo and severity of their ruthless treatment. His courageous stand served to inspire his fellow prisoners and strengthened their will to resist. By his exemplary performance of duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Schumacher is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

Action Date: January 23 - December 23, 1968

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)

Prisoner of War Medal

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Awarded for actions during the U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

Lieutenant, Junior Grade Frederic Carl Schumacher, United States Navy, was captured when the U.S.S. PUEBLO (AGER-2) was boarded by North Korean forces in International Waters on 23 January 1968, and was held as a Prisoner of War in North Korea until his release on 23 December 1968.

Action Date: January 23 - December 23, 1968

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Division: Prisoner of War (North Korea)