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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