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Frederick Lincoln Ashworth
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Nickname "Dick"
Born (1912-01-24)24 January 1912
Died 3 December 2005(2005-12-03) (aged 93)
Place of birth Beverly, Massachusetts
Place of death Phoenix, Arizona
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1933-1968
Rank US-O9 insignia Vice admiral
Battles/wars World War II
Cold War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Silver Star
Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal

Vice Admiral Frederick Lincoln "Dick" Ashworth (January 24, 1912 – December 3, 2005) was a United States Navy officer who served as the weaponeer on the B-29 Bockscar that dropped the atomic bomb "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 during World War II.

Early lifeEdit

A native of Beverly, Massachusetts, Ashworth graduated from Beverly High School in 1928. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1933.

Naval careerEdit

Holding the rank of commander, he became Director of Operations for Project Alberta, the portion of the Manhattan Project tasked with dropping of the weapons on Japan, and selected Tinian as the location of its operating airbase. The director of Project Alberta, Captain William Parsons, had been weaponeer during the first mission August 6, when Hiroshima had been bombed. Prior to his being named to Project Alberta, Ashworth had been commander of Torpedo Squadron Eleven (VT-11), a Grumman TBF Avenger unit based on Guadalcanal and the USS Hornet. Ashworth remained in the Navy after the war and was Commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in 1958. He was promoted to vice admiral and served as commander of the United States Sixth Fleet from 1966 until his retirement in 1968.


Frederick L. Ashworth lived for over three decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He died in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 93.


Naval Aviator Badge
Gold star
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Silver Star ribbon.svg
Gold star
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg
Bronze Star ribbon.svg
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
American Defense Service ribbon.svg American Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg China Service Medal ribbon.svg
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
Naval Aviator Badge
1st Row Navy Distinguished Service Medal with Gold Star
2nd Row Silver Star Legion of Merit with Gold Star Distinguished Flying Cross
3rd Row Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device Joint Service Commendation Medal Navy Unit Commendation
4th Row American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with four service stars
5th Row World War II Victory Medal China Service Medal National Defense Service Medal with service star


  • Brown, Edward R. What Only Two Could Do: Frederick Lincoln Ashworth, a Beverly High School Graduate and the Delivery of the Atomic Bomb. Beverly, Mass.: Beverly Historical Society, 2006.

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