Thursday, August 25, 2016

2LT Robert E Friesz

2LT Robert E Friesz was born 2 Aug 1919 in Mandan, North Dakota to Ralph V and Pauline (Opitz) Friesz.  His father had been born in Russia.  His mother's parents were German. Ralph worked in a dry goods store.  By 1940 Ralph was a salesman, his oldest son a dentist, and Robert was presumably still attending school.  In 1941 he was attending the University of North Dakota.

2LT Friesz was assigned to I Company 116th Infantry on 14 Aug 1944 as a platoon leader.  He was killed in action on 25 Aug 1944. 

2LT Friesz is buried in Mandan Union Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota.  With him rests his brother, CPT Arthur Ralph Friesz, USAAF, B-17F # 42-316 who was killed 11 Nov 1944.  

Their older brother, the dentist, was CPT (USN) Raymond Henry Friesz.  

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