Name: Frederick Ray Turner
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps E3
Unit: MASS 3 MACG 18
Date of Birth: 04 February 1947
Home City of Record: COLUMBUS OH
Date of Loss: 06 November 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: PBR
Other Personnel in Incident:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2018



No further information available at this time.

Subject:    LCPL Fredrick R. Turner
Date:    Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:27:29 +0000
From:    William M. Killian


On November 6, 1968, PCFs 70 and 75, U.S. Navy Patrol Craft Fast boats (PCF’s) also known as Swift Boats, were participating in a naval gunfire mission adjacent to the Batangan Peninsula, seven miles east of Quang Ngai, RVN. During the operation, the two vessels were attacked by enemy recoilless rifle and small arms fire. Two recoilless rifle rounds struck PCF-70, causing heavy damage and killing one crewman, EN2 David L. Merrill. Three others were wounded, and a U.S. Marine rider with them was knocked overboard. Both craft also received several small arms hits. The Marine lost overboard, LCPL Fredrick R. Turner, was not found by the search carried out by PCF 75 and three other Swift boats which arrived at the scene to assist. PCF 70 was put out of service until January 1, 1969, requiring repairs by YR-71 personnel in Da Nang. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and swiftboats.net]


Submitted by William M. Killian