General Frederick Award

Robert Tyron Frederick was born in San Francisco California on March 14, 1907. At seventeen, he was accepted into the U.S. Military Academy and upon graduation was commissioned as a Coast Artillery Officer. After an assignment in the War Department LTC Frederick was chosen to organize, train, and command a new US-Canadian commando force called the First Special Service Force. The fully integrated Canadian and American regiment trained in winter operations, parachute jumping, demolitions, weapons and hand-to-hand combat. They underwent the most physically demanding training of any military organization during WWII. Wherever the “Forcemen” went, so went Frederick. He was always in forefront of activities from training to combat where he would sometimes move in advance of the Force to observe and evaluate their tactics. While in command of the First Special Service Force, Col Frederick and his ?Forcemen? took an objective in the Italian Winter Campaign in approximately 4 hours that a US division was unable to take in 10 days. The Germans called them the “Devil’s Brigade”.

In July 1944, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General (the youngest US general in WW II.) and assumed the command of the 1st Allied Airborne Task Force for the invasion of Southern France. The Task Force successfully routed the Germans from southern France and the French Alpine mountains in record time. Frederick then assumed the command of the 45th Infantry Division for the remainder of the war. During WWII General Frederick set two additional, personal records: he saw more actual combat than any other U.S. general and was wounded more than any other general officer (eight times). Winston Churchill called him the “Greatest Fighting General of all time”. Gen Frederick died in 1970 in his home state of California.

His Awards and Decorations include: the Distinguished Service Cross w/ Oak Leaf Cluster; the Distinguished Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster; Legion of Merit w/oak leaf cluster; Silver Star; and Purple Heart w/7 oak leaf clusters.


Criteria for Evaluation of Award used by the University of Montana & Montana State University

1. To be eligible for this award, the Cadet must first:
a. have successfully graduated from the Leader Development & Assessment Course,
b. be compliant with their Army ROTC contract,
c. exhibit exceptional leadership ability and potential.

2. Award candidates will then be determined using the following criteria:

*Award 1 additional point to total score for each additional 5 points achieved on the APFT extended scale.
**Cadet Command resources units with sufficient ammo to zero and group, however, unit’s can qualify MS IVs (award candidates) if they manage ammunition sufficiently.

Current Frederick Award Recipients:

SAYWER LINKE; Carroll College

EASTON ALBERT; Montana State University

Past Frederick Award Recipients:

JOSHUA Y. DIEDE; University of Montana

SEAN STONEHAM; Montana State University

CONNER ARBITER; University of Idaho

ROBERT BALL; University of Montana

SAMUEL LUKE; University of Montana

ANTHONY RAMBOW; University of Washington


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