Janine’s Mission 80: WWII Purple Heart Turns 96

We start with a somber note. Some of you may remember Robert Mintz from a few missions back. In fact, he is in the middle photo above. We did a birthday mission and a get well mission. He passed away on Sunday 9/18. He was 91.  Here is his obituary.   A WWII Purple Heart Recipient who lives in Cuba City, WI will be celebrating his 96th Birthday in October. Scroll down for all the details. 
— When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of their veterans (with big smiles 😁) showing the cards they received. I post those pics at the bottom of this email, and on my facebook, instagram, and twitter– so make sure you’re following along on your favorite platform! You can see a number photos from many other past missions here. For those wishing to share a veteran’s birthday:please try to give me at least 2 month’s notice via email. 
Last but not least, if you are new here, thank you for joining! I hope you find this to be a fulfilling and meaningful way to do what you can, with what you’ve got, from where you are! 🤗 …and now here’s Mission 80:
david hoffman
Mission 80: Send by 10/12

WWII Purple Heart Recipient is Turning 96!

A note from Bill’s son: 

William (Bill) Frederick was born 10/17/1926. He served in the Army from 10/25/44 to 8/9/46. Left the service as a corporal in the 3rd Division Recon. He was wounded in Riedlingen, Germany on April 25, 1945, and received a purple heart…This article provides interesting insight into his service.

Bill’s hometown is Dubuque, IA, and he resides there today. He also lived in Cassville, WI from 1959 to 1990, making a living at the Nelson Dewey Generating Station (NDGS) Power Plant. He started at NDGS in the coal yard, and retired as the plant manager. He was never able to attend college, but he was always taking courses and reading books on power generation, business, physics, mathematics, etc.

He was married 67 years to Arlette (Meyer) Frederick until her death on 12/6/2017. Bill & Arlette raised 5 kids: Steve (Karen), Barb (John Schwarz), Jeff (deceased), Jim, Mark (Kari). Bill has 10 grandchildren & 13 greats.

Bill is not a “sports nut”, but he does enjoy the Green Bay Packers, playing Euchre and Bridge, reading when he could see well, 40’s and 50’s big band music, dancing, hunting, golfing, fishing, and pretty much anything outside. His health no longer allows most of those activities, but he still enjoys a good visit, and a good letter. He is living independently, and while still fighting various maladies, remains fully faithful to our Lord, and enjoys life.

His Birthday is on the 17th but they are presenting cards to him on the 15th. Please send your cards by: 10/12 or sooner.

Mark Frederick
c/o Bill Frederick
515 W Jean St
Cuba City, WI 53807

A bit more info from Mark: My dad, Bill was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in August 2019 and at age 92 was given weeks-to-months to live. He has had a number of blood transfusions, has beaten all the odds so far,  I had never heard Dad’s stories from WWII…he never felt the urge to share them. I felt his experience, and all vet’s experiences, should be shared, so we can learn from the hell of war, and try not to repeat.

Here is a follow up article to the first article that was written about Bill in the Telegraph Herald. 

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