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Frederick Corey Chase, Jr.
War: World War II - European Theater
Branch: U.S. Army - 409th Infantry - 103rd Division
Unit: 409th Infantry - 103rd Division
Highest Rank: PFC
D.O.B. February 17, 1922
Place of Birth: Ann Arbor, Michigan


Mr. Chase was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 17, 1922. He graduated from St. Thomas High School in Ann Arbor in 1941.

He was drafted into the Army in November of 1942. Mr. Chase was in the 409th Infantry, 103rd Division. The theater of service for Mr. Chase was the European Theater, arriving in Marsaille, France, then on to Germany and Austria.

He was an anti-tank gunner and received the Bronze Star, the Combat Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, Infantry Badge, Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and the European AFR Mideast Medal. Mr. Chase was honorably discharged as a PFC in November of 1945.

Post service Mr. Chase worked for 43 years at Michigan Bell as a Local Testing Technician. He was also President of the local union chapter of the Communication Workers of America for 25 years, and a member of the Ann Arbor Chapter of the VFW.

Mr. Chase saw action on many occasions and was ordered to the front line by his commanding officer. As they traveled north from France they either slept on the ground or in foxholes. Winter time was difficult due to the cold weather. On occasion, they were able to stay in the homes of civilians. Since they could not speak their language, most communications were through hand jesters and smiles. Many of the homes were occupied by women and children only, as the men were off to the war.

Mr. Chase was married (widowed) and had four children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.