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This collection contains correspondence from Augustus J. Fredrich to his wife during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

Augustine 'Gus' Fredrich was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 11, 1913, to August Joseph Fredrich and his wife, Mary Hoyng Fredrich. The Fredrich family moved to Little Rock in 1915. Augustine attended St. Edward's School at 801 Sherman Street through the eighth grade but did not attend high school. He married Barbara Strobel on August 16, 1938, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Augustine and Barbara had five children: Augustine Joseph, Carolyn Ann, Elizabeth Virginia, Phillip Eugene, and Barbara Susan. He was a salesman for the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) warehouse at 612 East Markham in Little Rock when the United States entered into World War II. Drafted into the army in April 1944, Fredrich spent two weeks at Camp Robinson before being transferred to basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. In December 1944, Augustine went to Europe as part of the 259th Regiment of the 65th Infantry Division as a Private First Class. Augustine was part of the "Last Offensive" of Patton's 3rd Army to defeat Nazi Germany. Augustine spent the last months of the war in Linz, Austria overseeing refugee camps. After the war, Augustine returned to his family in Little Rock and resumed his career as a salesman for the National Biscuit Company. On July 31, 1949, he died trying to save a drowning child during a boating accident. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Augustine J. Fredrich papers, MS.000700


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Augustine J. Fredrich papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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