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Date of Birth 24 March 1928Suffolk, Virginia, USA
Date of Death 16 February 2016Washington, District of Columbia, USA  (cardiac disease)
Birth NameFred Vann Cherry
Nickname Pepper

Mini Bio (1)

Fred Cherry was born on March 24, 1928 in Suffolk, Virginia, USA as Fred Vann Cherry. He was a producer, known for Return with Honor (1998), Scattered (2016) and American Experience (1988). He was married to Shirley Ann Brown. He died on February 16, 2016 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

Spouse (1)

Shirley Ann Brown (31 July 1954 - 1973) (divorced) (4 children)

Trivia (2)

Fred Cherry graduated from Virginia Union University as a biology major in 1951. He entered the Air Force as an enlisted man, then was commissioned at Second Lieutenant in October of 1952 after he qualified as a pilot. He flew 52 combat missions in an F-84 during the Korean War. He flew 50 combat missions during the Vietnam War before he was shot down in an F-105D Thunderchief northeast of Hanoi on October 22, 1965, becoming the 43rd American and the first African American captured by the North Vietnamese. He was released from captivity on February 12, 1973, and retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1981.
Wrote a book titled "Two Souls Indivisible" detailing his captivity and close personal friendship with fellow Prisoner of War Porter Halyburton.

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