George  F.  Fryett,  Jr.
  Rank, Service
Specialist 4th Class E-4,  U.S. Army
  Veteran of:
U.S. Army 1956-1964
Cold War 1956-1964
Vietnam War 1961-1962 (POW)

George Fryett, Jr., was born in 1935 in Helena, Montana. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 24, 1956, and was trained as a clerk, serving with the Artillery in South Korea from March 28, 1957, to February 8, 1958. He next studied Russian at the Army Language School and served in Turkey from December 18, 1959, to June 30, 1961. Fryett next served with the Military Assistance and Advisory Group (MAAG) in the Republic of Vietnam starting in July 1961. He taught English in his off-duty hours and was on his way to visit one of his students when he was ambushed by Viet Cong guerrillas and was taken as a Prisoner of War on December 24, 1961. Fryett was held in captivity until released by the Viet Cong on June 24, 1962. After his release, Specialist Fryett served another two years in the Army, and received an honorable discharge on October 23, 1964. He was the first American taken as a Prisoner of War during the Vietnam War. George Fryett was Knighted with the rank of Chevalier in the Order of the Knights of Malta on September 23, 1990.

Soldier's Creed:

I am an American Soldier.

I am a warrior and a member of a team.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.

I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

I am an expert and I am a professional.

I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

I am an American Soldier.




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