Fred 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 War II.

Despite 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 military life.  

Mr. 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 Wall.

In 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.

In 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.

During 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.

Having 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).

Mr. 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 reporting. 

He 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.

His three children grown, Mr. Bost then retired from newspaper work and began freelance writing, primarily for military-oriented magazines. 

Following 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.

His 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.

Set 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.

Colonel 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 something extraordinary."

Fred 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.

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