The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Frederick George Lopez, who died in the service of his country on February 12th, 1968 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Mine, 12 KM S-SE OF AN HOA AFLD. At the time of his death Frederick was 21 years of age. He was from Manteca, California. Frederick is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 39E, Line 8.
The decorations earned by SP4 Frederick George Lopez include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Buried at PARK VIEW CEMETERY, MANTECA, CA .
Prior service with C,2nd/35th.
6681 S. vereda de las casitas
Tucson , az85746 USA
MY BIG BROTHER
Buddy Left for war when I was 10. Our Mom had passed way 1 year earlier.Buddy had celebrated his 21st birthday in Vietnam and was only days from coming home. In his absence I had turned 11. He was a typical BIG BROTHER teaching me to ride a 2 wheeler bike and picking me up and putting me back on when I crashed. He loved sandlot baseball and any kid in the neighborhood was welcome to join in the game from 4 year olds to 60 year olds. Buddy had a love for music and played in a Latin Rock band he played lead guitar.His band played in the area of Cochise and Graham counties of Arizona. Buddy was a Arizona native. His nickname from one aunt was NEGRO whick means black as he was dark skinned and it was a term of endearment towards him. I cant think of Buddy and not have tears well up in my eyes.I lost my Big Brother and tears are all I can shed for him. Nothing will bring him back here I am pushing 45 and still miss him and I will miss him till the day I die. FREDERICK has these living dierct family members, Father George S. Lopez, Sister Georgene Francis, Maria Lower,Jacqueline Florshinger,Rose Douglas,Brother Sotero Lopez, Francis Lopez,Nelda Mondragon. Buddy also left 2 children Victor and Veronica. Buddy would be a proud Grandfather if he was alive and Uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Buddy I still Love you and will see you in the next life Love FRANKIE
Sunday, July 16, 2000
(His BSM Citation)
The Bronze Star Medal is Presented Posthumously To Specialist Four Frederick G Lopez
For meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Lopez distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman, Machine Gunner and Squad Leader with Company C and D, 2/35th Infantry. Upon arrival in Vietnam, Specialist Four Lopez showed tremendous enthusiasm and eagerness to learn infantry tactics and immediately impressed his superiors with his knowledge and leadership ability. He consistently sought to improve himself and aid the men he served with. Specialist Four Lopez was continually an example for all to emulate and was deeply respected by subordinates and superiors. Specialist Four Lopez outstanding achievements, professional leadership, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect credit upon himself, his unit, and the United Stats Army.
Died from mine at map grid AT939377;12 KM S-SE OF AN HOA AFLD