Bost was born in East Newark, New Jersey, and grew up during the
Great Depression. As a seventeen year old, he enlisted in
the Navy (1943), and served in the Southwest Pacific during World
working various jobs after the war, Mr. Bost maintained his interest
in the military. He was First Sergeant of an armored infantry
company in the New Jersey National Guard when he decided to pursue
a career in the Army. He enlisted as a private, in order not
to take a berth from a "full timer" seeking promotion.
He quickly moved back up through the ranks, however, and enjoyed
Bost served in Alaska at the time it became a state, and led a month
long boat patrol from the Yukon River northward into the Brooks
Range above the Arctic Circle, testing military water travel.
He later served in West Berlin, following the building of the Berlin
Vietnam, Fred Bost was an intelligence sergeant on a Special Forces
"A" Team which air-assaulted into unfriendly territory
in order to build a camp and airfield. On July 22, 1966, he
was wounded while on patrol, south of camp.
late 1970, Sergeant Major Bost was called to the Chief of Staff's
office at the Pentagon to serve as the senior enlisted man in the
group which designed the volunteer Army (repalcing the draft).
During that period, he represented the Army by writing and delivering
a memorial speech at the Capitol Building on Veteran's Day, 1971.
He also served on the murder board of the newly established Sergeants
Major Academy, writing its first curriculum.
his military career, Mr. Bost served ten years with Special Forces,
winning "Distinguished Graduate" awards as a Green Beret,
in three different courses, within one year.
written regularly for military magazines since 1960, Mr. Bost's
experience enabled him to work as a news reporter immediately following
his retirement from the military, in 1973. As the managing
editor of The Daily Record in Dunn, North Carolina, Mr. Bost
wrote a critique of the media's reporting of the 1975 invasion of
North Vietnam. The piece, entitled "How Newsmen Shape
the News", caught the interest of Senator Jesse Helms,
who read it into The Congressional Record (April 18, `975).
Bost then went to work closer to home at The Fayetteville Times.
He won three consecutive annual press awards from the North Carolina
Press Association (1978-80), including two for his investigative
was working as the Crime and Military Affairs reporter for the paper
in 1979, when Jeffrey MacDonald was tried for murder in Raleigh,
North Carolina. He became convinced at that time that MacDonald
did not murder his family.
three children grown, Mr. Bost then retired from newspaper work
and began freelance writing, primarily for military-oriented magazines.
a twelve year investigation of the MacDonald case, Mr. Bost co-authored
the book Fatal Justice: Reinvestigating the MacDonald Murders
(W.W. Norton, 1995; 1997) with Jerry Potter.
first novel, Crowded Destiny (Protea Publishers, 2001, ISBN
1-883707-06-4 (hardcover) 1-883707-63-3 (softcover) continues to
receive praise from retired Green Berets for its authenticity.
during the turbulent days before U.S. fighting troops entered Vietnam,
Crowded Destiny is the story of a young officer who finds
love and maturity amidst the turmoil of war.
Roger Pezzelle (now deceased), the man known as the "Father
of the Green Beret", wrote of the book "...read the story.
You will have been in Vietnam in the early days, and experienced
Bost lost his wife to cancer in 1996. He and his dog, JoJo,
keep each other company in a quiet little house in Fayetteville,
North Carolina. He continues, in an advisory capacity, as
an investigator with the MacDonald defense team; his knowledge of
the case is unsurpassed.
Destiny and Fatal Justice may be ordered through
www.amazon.com. Crowded Destiny
may also be ordered directly from the publisher at http://proteapublishing.com/destiny.htm