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Longevity? CAP captain is the very definition

Civil Air Patrol Capt. Fred W. Linde

Civil Air Patrol Capt. Fred W. Linde

By Maj. Earle Bretz

CAP Pub­lic Affairs Officer

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Civil Air Patrol Capt. Fred W. Linde, at the age of 91, was offi­cially retired from CAP with hon­ors at a recent ceremony.

Linde orig­i­nally joined in 1946 just after he got out of the U.S. Navy after serv­ing in World War II. (CAP was estab­lished Dec. 1, 1941).  He was on the first amphibi­ous ship to arrive in Tokyo Bay for the sign­ing of the sur­ren­der papers on the USS Mis­souri to end the war with Japan.

Tir­ing of civil­ian life, Fred enlisted in the Air Force just in time to get involved in the Berlin Air­lift of 1947–48. A few years later he was called to serve in Korea dur­ing the Korean War.

He later left active duty sta­tus, but remained in the reserves. His county again needed his ser­vices in the Viet­nam War, where he served in com­bat oper­a­tions in Saigon.

In three wars, Linde earn 23 dec­o­ra­tions and awards, includ­ing the Bronze Star, the Pur­ple Heart, Air Force Com­men­da­tion, Navy Cita­tion and the Medal for Humane Action (Berlin).

In 1970, he once again left the Air Force for civil­ian life as a high school teacher and a travel agent, lately involved with three travel agen­cies and a tour com­pany. He also saw employ­ment with United Air­lines, Japan Air Lines, TWA and Amer­i­can Airlines.

With his many calls to serve his coun­try, Linde’s CAP career never did set­tle down until he joined the Char­lotte County Com­pos­ite Squadron in 2008. His duties included scan­ner, observer and pilot.

CAP is the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal-winning aux­il­iary of the United States Air Force, cel­e­brat­ing its 75th year of serv­ing Amer­ica. Tax deductible dona­tions may be sent to Char­lotte Squadron, 28000 A-21 Air­port Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33982–2452. Visit CAP at FL051/flwg.us

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