David Balkovetz Obituary, Death – Frederick (Fred) W. Balkovetz, who was 81 years old when he passed away, was cared for by his family at their home in Hoover, Alabama. His parents George and Sally (Fullwood) Balkovetz, his sister Virginia Maxine Balkovetz Schaub, his daughter Virginia Marie Balkovetz, and his grandson Thomas Daniel Balkovetz all passed away before Fred. Dorothy Pfohl Balkovetz, Fred’s wife of 58 years, sons Lt. Colonel (ret) William Russell Balkovetz and Dr. Daniel Frederick Balkovetz (Mary), and granddaughters Amy, Carolyn, Ann, and David Balkovetz are the only members of Fred’s family to survive his passing. Fred was brought up in Twin Bridges, Montana, despite the fact that he was born in Sheridan, Montana.
He attended Montana State University thanks to an ROTC scholarship and ultimately graduated with honors. After receiving his diploma, he joined the United States Army and went on to have a respectable 25-year career, eventually reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. Fred’s extensive military career included three tours of service during the Vietnam War, two tours as an advisor to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and one tour as a combat engineer in the Republic of Korea. His initial assignment in Vietnam was with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam, and he served there for a while.
During the second tour he served, he was promoted to the position of operations officer at the military post located in Long Binh. As recognition for his valorous actions during the Vietnam War, he was awarded the prestigious Combat Infantryman’s Badge, as well as two Bronze Star Medals, the Soldier’s Medal, and the Air Medal.
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