Throwback Thursday: Cadet Fred Wong Accepts Award as EWU’s Top Rifle Team Shooter in 1963

The below image from 1963 is of Cadet Fred Wong receiving an award as the top shooter of the ROTC Rifle Team. The award is being presented to him from the then Eastern Washington State College Professor of Military Science Colonel Erwin Nilsson.

Cadet Wong would go on to graduate in 1964 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps branch.  Wong would later attend the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course and serve as a Rifle Company Commander in Vietnam.  After serving in Vietnam, the then Captain Wong came back to EWU as an ROTC instructor where he completed his Masters degree in guidance and counseling.  Wong would serve a total 31 years in the Army before retiring in 1995 at the rank of Brigadier General (BG).  Watch the below video where BG Wong describes his career after being honored in 2016 by EWU for his Exceptional Military Service.

3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Cadet Fred Wong Accepts Award as EWU’s Top Rifle Team Shooter in 1963”

  1. Col Nilsson was a O6 full Colonel. I was a Captain assigned to the ROTC department and the Advisor to the Rifle Team.

  2. Col Irvin, thanks for the clarification, I have updated the posting. One of the future projects we plan to do on our website is to post the pictures of past PMS’s and Cadre members that served here at EWU.


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