Fredrick (Fred) Scruggs was born in High Point, Kentucky on March 13,
1944. He graduated from Harlan High School in 1916 and from the U.S.
Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1965. Upon graduation from
West Point, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry.
After attending Airborne and Ranger Schools, Fred was assigned to the
25th Infantry Division during the war in Vietnam. Returning to the
United States, he was a Ranger Instructor at the Mountain Ranger Camp at
Camp Merrill. During a second tour in Vietnam, Fred commanded a company
in combat with the 1st Infantry Division.
the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1973 to launch a brilliant
career as a Special Forces operator. He served as B-detachment Executive
Officer, Battalion S-1, Battalion S-3, and Battalion Executive Officer
in the 7th Special Forces Group. Subsequently, he served as Commander,
3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group in Panama. After serving as
Director of Combat Development for the JFK Warfare Center and School,
Colonel Scruggs was selected to command the elite 7th Special Forces
Group. In 1991, he was chosen as Commander Special Operations Command
for Southern Command.
These are the
highlights of a long and exemplary career. Fred served with distinction
in other positions of ever-increasing responsibility. Prior to
retirement in 1995, after 30 years of devotion to his country, he served
as Commander U.S. Military Group, Caracas, Venezuela.
A partial list
of Colonel Scruggs many awards and decorations include the Defense
Superior Services Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star
Medal with "V" device and three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal,
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three
Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf
Cluster, Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab and
Master Parachutist Badge.
In addition to
his degree from the U.S. Military Academy, Fred held a Masters Degree in
Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters
Degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
He also graduated from the Army War College and Command and General
from the Army, Fred became the Executive Director, ManTech
Telecommunications and Information Systems Corporation, managing their
contracts in Latin American.
Fred was the
devoted husband of his wife, Sandee, and proud father of Son, Ricky and
daughter, Jennifer. He had two grandchildren, Hugh and Elly.
Scruggs’ long and distinguished career of selfless service and devotion
to duty make him eminently worthy of being honored as a Fallen Ranger.