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February 16, 2011
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend or family member. THe bible can be of some comfort at John 3:16
January 11, 2011
What a beautiful story about Mr. Hargesheimer. I know his family is very proud of him. It is nice to hear that there are still good people in the world that are willing to help their fellow man no matter what nationality they are or under what horrific circumstances they meet. I am sorry for the family's loss.
January 05, 2011
A very remarkable man. I wish that I could have met him. His life and deeds remind me what my grandmother used to say:

"Have you had a kindness shown?
Pass it on
Twas not meant for you alone
Pass it on"

Clear skies, Fred.
January 04, 2011
I was able to meet this incredible man in 2008 and get a signed copy of his book, which was fascinating. The book also mentioned my husband's dad, John Foster. I was so sad to learn of his passing. A great man who did remarkable things.
December 31, 2010
What a guy! I had the priveledge of knowing this remarkable man for many years as a trustee of the Airmen's Nantabu Memorial Foundation. Memories are abundant. I will not recite them all. Fred was a dedicated, Christian, charismatic, self-effacing man with a charming personality, and a great sense of humor. Regretfully he never received the recognition he deserved. As we were involved in fund raising efforts (it was fun), Fred never wanted government help. It was a grass roots effort. He occassionally was asked why. He'd then show a picture of a child with a distended stomach, and point out simply that by education, teaching cleanliness, healthcare, etc. would prevent this, and extend the lives of the villagers - and it did! He indeed lived a full, rich life, and because of this truly outstanding man he allowed hundreds of others half way around the world to also live full lives. Hopefully his endeavors will live forever. Well done my friend. Salute! God Bless, John Kumpf, Dallas
December 31, 2010
The greatest generation is fading away.

The average age of World War II veterans still alive is 86 years.

They are dyeing at slightly less than 1,000 a day.

In the not so far future we're going to wake up one day and hopefully be able to tell our kids about the time we had the chance to get to know Fred and others like him . . . and did.

Thank you Fred Hargesheimer, and sincerist condolences to your family during this trying time.
December 31, 2010
Fred Hargesheimer a Wonderful, Caring, Understanding and Loving Man, I have known who never forgot the ones who saved him.
During the second world war Lt. Hargesheimer, many other pilots and crewman went up against the enemy, every day not knowing if they would return, they gave their lives gladly in defence of our beloved Islands. These men deserve never to be forgotten, their stories should live on for ever and the future generations should be given lessons of what these wonderful men did, so they can live in a free world today. A DEBT WE CAN NEVER REPAY.

First Lt. Hargesheimer founded The School That Fell from The Sky On New Britain.

Cynthia Schmidt
Rabaul1942@gmail.com
December 30, 2010
I have fond memories of a a humble, soft-spoken gentleman I had the privilege of working with. At the time I did not know he was already a legend.He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. God bless his family and close friends at this this time of great sorrow.
December 30, 2010
Richard, your father was the highlight of our 8th Photo Recon reunions. We shared our teaching experiences with him along with you Richard, at the reunion in Omaha. He was our hero and inspiration. May God's love sustain you and your family.
December 29, 2010
May God Continue to Bless You and Your Family in this time of Celebration of Your Life and all the lives you have touched.
December 29, 2010
Dick and Family--Please know my thoughts are with you as you celebrate the long life of your father! He is truly a hero and inspiration. I share your loss of a wonderful man.
December 29, 2010
I know you were proud of your FATHER.There shoud be a movie of his story.I know where New Brithian is for I was a Marine and we landed on

New Britian on December 26,1944.I wasin the First Marine Divison.He was a true Americans. Iam so proud of him.

GOD BLESS TO ALL OF THE FAMILY RFD
December 28, 2010
Aloha, Fred Hargesheimer, One of America's greatest. I am saddened to learn of his passing. I continue to pass on Fred's life story to new Christians I meet. James Kataoka, Hawaii.
December 28, 2010
Aloha, Fred Hargesheimer. One of America's greatest Christian soldiers. I am saddened to learn of his passing. I continue to pass on the story of his glorious life to new Christians that I meet.
December 28, 2010
What an extraordinary man he was and a gift to us all.
December 28, 2010
Truly one of the great members of "Americas Greatest Generation."

His family should be as proud as the people of New Britain are grateful.
December 28, 2010
What an inspiration...there should be more like him.
December 27, 2010
I wish I would have had the honor to meet this gentleman. To have withstood what he did only to return to those people to repeatedly thank them with all he did the
December 27, 2010
I did not know this gentleman, but his story is just amazing. My condololences on your loss to his family, who must be very proud of him. What an angel.
December 27, 2010
Fred sure knew the meaning of the "Circle of Life" RIP Fred. A life well lived and appreciated!

Jack D. Simon, Fernley, NV
December 27, 2010
My condolences to the Hargesheimer Family and to all who were touched by this wonderful man.

In 2008, my brother, Associated Press correspondent Charles Hanley, had the good fortune to have helped spread Fred's story far and wide over the AP wire.

And, now, he has the sad duty of affixing his byline to Fred's AP obituary.

Fred Hargesheimer's story of pure gratitude and generosity should be told over and over again for generations to come.

He will be sorely missed.
December 27, 2010
Here was a life from whom we can all learn. In living, he taught us, though we didn't know him. Thank you, Mr. Hargesheimer, for your legacy. You are inspiring to us.
December 27, 2010
To the Hargesheimer Family
You have my deepest sympathy on your great lost.
December 27, 2010
This message is for Mary Louise Hargesheimer with whom I worked in Hollywood in 1956-57. I couldn't believe it when I saw this article about your brother, as you had told us about him & how he couldn't get gas stamps to drive anywhere after his release from the service. Contact me, ML, if you are on the internet. I keep up w/Chuck Morse & Betty Vrebalovich.
My address is 2511 Monaco Dr. Oxnard, 93035. Thinking about you. Sandy & Bill Crocket
December 27, 2010
Fred's story is wonderfully unique but then again typical of the pilots of the 5th Air Force, 6th Photo Recon Group, 8th PRS. Fred flew the F-5 version of the great P-38 Lightning, un-armed and unafraid. Having camera's in their noses instead of 4-50 cal. guns and a cannon, they flew in harms way to provide the photo intel needed so despirately to win the war in the Pacific. Being one of Gen. Kenney's boys, Fred answered the call admirably and put his life on the line to combat tyranny, cruelty, and evil. His children and grandchildren were blessed to have this towering giant in their lives and the shining example he represented. I've heard and relived the stories too. I have a member of the 36th FRS, a sister squadron of the 8th, living in my home. These men were truly warriors and patriots. Well done Fred...thou good and faithful servant!
December 27, 2010
To the Fred Hargesheimer Family;
I had the pivilege of knowing and working with Fred at Sperry Univac in the late 1960's. Fred is an American Icon, a War Hero and a True Humanitarian. He was also a successful defense and aerospace industry marketer.
At sales meetings with major defense contractors Fred would begin by asking for donations for the Airmens' School in New Guinea and always get pledges or cash from an attentive and appreciative audience!
Please accept my sincere condolensces on the passing of your father. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten!

Jim Rapinac (Rapinac from Univac)
Gold Canyon, AZ
December 27, 2010
I thank God for the heroes like Mr. Fred who went off to war when I was a six or seven year old boy. I knew then as now that they were laying their lives on the line for little guys like me! May the blessings of Christ be upon all family members.
December 27, 2010
This giant among men is the very best of humanity. The legacy he leaves is one his children, grandchildren & great-granchildren can be immeasurably proud. Rest well, sir. I wish I had known you.
Shalom!
December 27, 2010
I know we are reverent in Guest Books, so forgive me for putting in this..."WOW!!!!!!"
What a brilliant and thoughtful gentleman. We can all learn from his example and only hope to help a fellow human being the way he helped so many! I am always bouyed up by hearing what good could come out of so much evil (war, cruelty, etc).
Again, proof-positive of why they were the Greatest Generation. God Bless his family and friends at this time of loss.
December 26, 2010
Great story about a member of the Greatest Generation. Anyone who takes up arms in defense of the USA deserves the utmost respect. Mission accomplished, Mr. Hargesheimer!
December 26, 2010
I read Fred's story in our local newspaper. What an inspiration he is to us all. You children must be so proud of your father. Blessings to you.
December 26, 2010
If you ever thought that angels are not on this earth, take a moment to think about all of the good things that Mr. Fred Hargesheimer did while on this earth. REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.
December 26, 2010
Thank you for your sevice to your country and the human race. People like you restore our faith in humanity.
December 26, 2010
We own Mr Hargesheimer and all vets a great debt.
December 26, 2010
I Salute You Sir! .... Thank you for your service!
December 26, 2010
This is a wonderful story of compassion, appreciation, and giving back. I will be using this story in my 5th grade classroom. Thank you for being a role model Mr. Hargesheimer.
December 26, 2010
While I did not know Mr. Hargesheimer, one cannot read the testament to his life and not be inspired. His life, a benchmark, is exemplary of loyalty, friendship, courage, faith, and perseverance. May God bless Mr. Hargesheimer and his family.
December 25, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer is a credit to his Country, His Family & His GOD!
December 25, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the family. May you always remember that God cares for us. He is healing the brokenhearted ones and binding up their painful spots- Psalms 147:3
December 25, 2010
My father the Rev Rodger Brown was a Methodist missionary in New Britain from the late 30s until 1954.His area of work was the Nakani region whose people found and helped Fred after he crashed.My Father was the only male European survivor of the Japanese occupation from the Rabaul region.The local people hid all my parents household goods from the Japanese.They brought a Bible belonging to my father to Fred when he had recovered enough to read.It had my fathers name in it and after the war Fred made contact with the locals who saved him, the Japanese pilot who shot him down but did not shoot him as he parachuted to earth and my Father whose Bible he was brought to read.
I, like Margaret Henderson was born in New Britain and the story of Fred and his survival and the work he did in New Britain is part of my families history.I was able to make contact with Fred early this century and my Mother was very pleased that she was able to speak with Fred before she passed away. To his family and friends I send condolences to a fine man who contributed so much to help those who had helped him.
Christopher Brown Adelaide Australia
December 25, 2010
A genuine man. Thank you for your service and may God bless your family and all the wonderful memories they will pass down through the generations.
December 25, 2010
I was born in PNG and, of course, my family knew about Fred and his PNG friends. He was also a legend amongst those in Australia with PNG connections. His War exploits and his subsequent acknowledgement of the people of PNG (New Britain) are part of the rich history of that emerging nation. He will be remembered not only for his physical contribution to PNG but for his generousity and his selfless devotion to those who saved his life.
December 25, 2010
To the Family and Friends of Mr. Fred Hargesheimer.
I send my condolences to you all. Mr. Hargesheimer sound like a very humble and appreciative man. Not forgeting the kind and lifesaving action given to him when he was at war in the 60's. May you all know that our Creator in the near futue will also do a very kind act like your father ,sister and grand/great grandfather has done, He will remove sickness of everykind and swallow up death forever.
You are in my prayers.
December 25, 2010
what a Great Life!
December 25, 2010
A great man.God bless you and your family.
December 25, 2010
Prayer to Fred’s Family Thank you for serving our great country. Also thank you for doing the right thing. As we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ. We also thank those of the great generation who saved our way of life. As Christ they truly suffered one for our soul and one for our freedom. Thank you
December 25, 2010
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YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART.
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I'LL CLING ON TO YOUR LOVE
IN MY HEART;

I WON'T LET GO OF YOUR LOVE
IN MY HEART,

YOUR LOVE WILL REMAIN IN MY
HEART FOREVER;

I'LL HOLD ON TO YOUR LOVE
SO TIGHTLY AS THOUGH IT WAS
MADE OF GOLD,

YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE MY
TREASURE;

I'LL SEAL UP YOUR LOVE IN MY
HEART,

I'LL CHERISH YOUR LOVE IN MY
HEART FOREVER;

YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE MY
KEEPSAKE IN MY HEART,

NOT EVEN DEATH ITSELF CAN
SEPARATE YOUR LOVE IN MY
HEART;

AND I WON'T LET YOUR LOVE
WITHER OR FADE AWAY IN MY
HEART,

YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS LINGER
ON AND ON IN MY HEART;

YOUR LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE IN
MY HEART FOREVER.


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December 25, 2010
Harp of Angels
Christ be with in
his spirit..A hero
in many eyes of a WW2
Soldiers of Veterans
A legend you are..
GodSpeed to the next
Journey into the eternal
light of life~Rip`Mrfred
sentiments of Condolences~
December 25, 2010
People like this man are in short supply these days, may God rest his soul.
December 25, 2010
This is a man of Courage, Honor, and Dignity.

We all have something to learn from him.
December 25, 2010
I didnt know you and yet miss you very much.

God Bless and you can now rest knowing you did all you could to help those that helped you.
December 25, 2010
Thank you for your service Sir. May you RIP.
December 25, 2010
I read this obit in the Anchorage Daily News site.I could not help but say a hearty 'thank you' to Fred. I grew up with my Dads and 6 uncles tales of the War.This guy is a real American Hero.Well done, soldier.
December 25, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer,
What a tribute----a life of fear and pain turned into gratitude and giving. How our world and it's citizens could learn from that. If we'd all learn to turn to gratitude and giving. What a loss to us all.
Rosemary
December 25, 2010
"To the citizen soldier, who answered the call, climbed the hill, and never let us down". ---Theodore Roosevelt
December 25, 2010
What a wonderful man you must have been here on earth. I just ran across your passing on line and noted that you have the same last name as my family, I also could not miss the resemblance between my Grandfather and you, both truly great men, truly great Americans, truly wonderful. I am sorry for your loss Heaven has another great Angel to lead us on.
December 25, 2010
To the Hargesheimer,

Let the God of comfort help you all through this most difficult time. He says:"Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not gaze about for I am your God, I will fortify you and help you...Isaiah 41:10.

You can feel that Death can leave a heartache that nothing can heal, just know that Love can leave a memory that no one can steal.

P.S.-What a peaceful looking photo of him.

The Grant Family
December 25, 2010
Rest in Peace
December 25, 2010
wE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU.
December 25, 2010
Hello ! Hargesheimer's ! I would like to extend my condolences to you all, the family and friends.Lossing a dear love one breaks the circle of life.Mr.Hargesheimer lived for a long good age as the bible say at Ps.90'10," In themselves the day are 70 years; and if because of special mightiness they are 80 years".There are more older ones living longer and we look forward to the time when dying will be a thing of the PAST.I too am longing for that times because I loss my dear mother and know the feeling well the effects. Our heavenly father cares for you all and is the there with all the comfort needed to get through this time in you all lives. May all the accomplishment and cherished memories help on the journel of life ahead.
December 25, 2010
23 December 2010

Greetings Friends of Fred:

Fred Suara Aura Hargesheimer, Mastah Preddi, passed on to another dimension December 23. He did so peacefully, without pain, surrounded in his heart by his family and all of you, his friends, compatriots, and comrades of a lifetime.

What would Fred, Suara Aura, want to say to all of us? We don’t know. We can only surmise. We believe it would go something like this:

“Thank you for being in my life. It is because of your presence, and the presence of so many unnamed others, that my life was one of immense privilege. My soul overflows with gratitude. More than 60 years ago, in the depths of the jungles of Papua New Guinea, I learned that a simple meal could become a feast, that a thatched hut could become a home, and that a stranger could become a life-long friend. Gratitude has made sense of my past, brings peace to me on this day, and hope for a better world tomorrow. Let us all remain steadfast in the challenges ahead in achieving a more just, more loving, more caring world community.”

Sleep well, sweet prince.
December 25, 2010
To the Hargeshimer family my condolences. I am truly awed by your parent’s contributions to the people of Ea Ea. You, I am sure are very proud to be their family.
December 25, 2010
Once in a while, in this world we live and try to survive in, there comes a story that makes it all worthwhile. Flowers to you Fred. You are indeed a chief warrior for all Americans to remember and should try to emulate. I only wish I could have known you.
December 25, 2010
23 December 2010

Greetings Friends of Fred:

Fred Suara Aura Hargesheimer, Mastah Preddi, passed on to another dimension this morning (December 23). He did so peacefully, without pain, surrounded in his heart by his family and all of you, his friends, compatriots, and comrades of a lifetime.

What would Fred, Suara Aura, want to say to all of us? We don’t know. We can only surmise. We believe it would go something like this:

“Thank you for being in my life. It is because of your presence, and the presence of so many unnamed others, that my life was one of immense privilege. My soul overflows with gratitude. More than 60 years ago, in the depths of the jungles of Papua New Guinea, I learned that a simple meal could become a feast, that a thatched hut could become a home, and that a stranger could become a life-long friend. Gratitude has made sense of my past, brings peace to me on this day, and hope for a better world tomorrow. Let us all remain steadfast in the challenges ahead in achieving a more just, more loving, more caring world community.”

Sleep well, sweet prince.
December 25, 2010
What a grand man and a great American!
December 25, 2010
What a wonderful man. RIP FRED.
December 25, 2010
Even though I don't know Mr Hargesheimer, I want to say I am very glad to hear of his plight..Only those who truly believe in God will ever carry out His work.I am proud to call your Dad a fellow American.What memories you have. God bless you all.
December 25, 2010
R.I.P. A MAN IN EVERY SINCE, OF THE WORD.
December 25, 2010
December 25, 2010
A life well lived
December 25, 2010
We just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for your service, and our freedom, still to this day. Rest in Peace our true American HERO!
December 25, 2010
God bless you sir. You are an inspiration to all the world. Rest in peace, and thank you for your service to this great nation.
December 25, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss, may the God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you in your time of grief.
December 25, 2010
A truly great American, who lived the life of service to others.
December 24, 2010
I did not know Mr. Hargesheimer, but I came across his obituary and the marvelous, enduring story of his life. I honor him as a human being. I send condolences to his family. I am moved to tears by this man's humanity.
December 24, 2010
They don't make them like Fred anymore. A man that truly appreciated what some else did for him. God bless him!
December 24, 2010
May your wife and your wartime colleagues-in-arms meet you at the gates of Heaven and take you to your rest. My late father was also a WWII vet. May we never forget The Greatest Generation. My condolences to the family.
December 24, 2010
A true hero..............R.I.P.
December 24, 2010
I well remember all the Hargesheimers of White Bear Lake (well actually, Bald Eagle Lake: WE didn't get hives!). Vivid memories of your Dad's "ham" radio set-up, your energetic (like my mother, Liz!) mom Dorothy, and then you kids. And even your house...I could probably do a map. I remember I was there the day Adelaide Smith rescued those kids from drowning...1954 I think.
I was saddened to read of your father's death in The New York Times; but what a man, what a story, what a legacy. My thoughts and best wishes to all three of you.
December 24, 2010
One of the most moving stories I've read in a long time. I'll never forget it, either. Mr Hargesheimer and the Nakanai truly made this world a better place. My condolences to his family. God bless.
December 24, 2010
What a wonderful man he must have been to go back to help the people that saved his life!!!! Warm memories will always be with you. He would have been great to converse with!!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to you, the family, and his friends.
December 24, 2010
Great tribute to an extraordinary individual. As a boy growing up in White Bear Lake I had the privilege of knowing I was in the presence of someone special. I was a close friend to his children and will always remember Fred's dedication to wanting to pay tribute to the people who saved his life in a far away place that somehow seemed magical to me, I couldn't imagine this jungle in New Guinea nor could I appreciate the kind acts of the local people. True heroism is not often recognized, he deserves all the accolades; humanitarian, caring father and loving husband.
December 24, 2010
Tom Brokaw was right Fred Hargesheimer and his generation really are the GREATEST GENERATION. JCardello Ft Lauderdale
December 24, 2010
What a beautiful story. Your father was a man amongst men. I'm sure as we speak he is seated next to Jesus himself, talking.

RIP sir.

D Osborn, Madison WI
December 24, 2010
What a wonderful American. I wish I had the privelege of knowing him.
December 24, 2010
Fred, you are a true hero !
December 24, 2010
remember him as my next door neighbor in Rochester, home of Mayo Clinic. His dad owned Hargeshimer's Drug store.He started/sold ski lift program late 30's on "Harge's Hill".great guy Skip Hayden now of Oceanside Ca.
December 24, 2010
Did not Know Mr. Hargesheimer, but just reading his life history has been a wonderful inspiration. His family must be so proud to have shared a life with this awesome person.
December 24, 2010
December 24, 2010
I was a pleasure to know Fred and listen to his experiences at our ham radio club meetings. He was a giant of a man whose legacy will inspire many to follow in his footsteps. May the peace of the Lord be with the family and thanks for sharing his life with all of us.

Larry Shima, W0PAN
Mesa, AZ
December 24, 2010
His story took my breath away! A true hero in every sense of the word. My condolences to his family.
December 24, 2010
I met Mr.Hargesheimer,some time ago,it was my accent,that introduced us I am originally from Sydney,Au.The involvement with the Australian,armed forces,in his rescue,was close to his heart.I of course,purchased,Little School House,That Fell From The Sky.He never forgot,neither did I. Geraldine Condon wood.
December 24, 2010
What an amazing human being. Thank you for serving our country. How awesome you realized the power of giving back to the people that saved you instead of just telling stories of how you were saved. You were an example of 'walk your talk' and what a great role model for your children.

RIP kind sir.
December 24, 2010
RIP Mr Hargesheimer you have done great work , another reason yours is called "The Greatest Generation"
December 24, 2010
He is a man who left a real legacy and those people will miss a great friend. Sympathy to the family.
December 24, 2010
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FOLLOW THE RAINBOW TO HEAVEN.
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A SOLDIER HAD DIE OUT ON THE
BATTLEFIELD;

BROKEN HEARTS ARE WEEPING FOR
THEM,

BUT TAKE COMFORT OF KNOWING
THAT GOD HAD SENT THEM A
RAINBOW FROM HEAVEN;

THE SOULS OF THE SOLDIERS
HAVE GONE TO THERE HOME IN
HEAVEN,

OUR LOVED ONE'S HAS FOLLOW
GOD'S LOVELY RAINBOW IN THE
SKY;

ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE
SKY.

THAT LEADS ALL THE WAY TO THE
OTHER END OF THE LORD'S
HOUSE IN HEAVEN,

SO JUST KEEP ON PRAYING AND
TRUST THAT GOD WILL SEND US
THAT SAME RAINBOW IN THE SKY;

WHERE OUR LOVED ONE'S ARE
WAITING FOR YOU AND FOR ME AT
THE END OF THE RAINBOW IN
HEAVEN.


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December 24, 2010
I never knew Fred, but I appreciate his service to our Country and giving the world an example of what caring peopel can do. Mark Imel Belleville, Kansas
December 24, 2010
Fred is another example of why his generation is considered "The Greatest Genration". What an amazing story of heroism and selflessness. Your father will continue to be a role model for so many, including myself. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
December 24, 2010
Fred Hargesheimer....a true American hero. We should all try to emulate his character in our lives.
Thanks to your Dad and others like him, we overcame a dark chapter in history and thanks to your Dad, the descendents of the islanders who saved him, have a better life.
He was one of our last true heroes.
December 24, 2010
The word "Hero" comes to my mind!
December 24, 2010
I was a pleasure to know Fred and listen to his experiences at our ham radio club meetings. He was a giant of a man whose legacy will inspire many to follow in his footsteps. May the peace of the Lord be with the family and thanks for sharing his life with all of us.

Larry Shima, W0PAN
Mesa, AZ
December 24, 2010
What a nice story about a very honorable man
December 24, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer was a true American war hero. A one-of-a-kind man. We have lost yet another member of the greatest generation. My sympathies to the family.
December 24, 2010

God has a special place in Heaven for this man. Truly remarkable and such a wonderful inspiration for all. His actions show the world what America should be all about. Blessings to his family.
December 24, 2010
God Bless you for your work in repaying those who helped you in your time of need.
John Madden
December 24, 2010
This is such a touching story of survival and kindness. May each of you find comfort in the wonderful promise that God gives for soon no will have to die at all and those sleeping in death will live again. Isaiah 26:19 My condolences to you for your loss of Fred.
December 24, 2010
I knew Fred from Church in White Bear. A wonderful man.He did so much for his fellow people. He will be missed.
Bob Steely,
Surprise, Az.
December 24, 2010
We had not known of your dad until we read his obituary in our hometown newspaper. I'm a published author and would so like to write his story, unless it's already been done. If any of you in the family would consider talking about this with me after your grief has lessened a bit, please contact me. It's men like your father who saved our country and world with his heroism...and who made an even greater impact for others.
Katherine Douglas
mlka@toast.net
December 24, 2010
A real American hero. This world was truly blessed by his presence.
December 24, 2010
December 24, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer's citizen soldier humanitarian legacy is one for the ages. Thank you, sir, for the life you led and the example you were for a great life.
December 24, 2010
I had the privilege of meeting Fred Hargesheimer when he worked with my (then) husband many years ago. I was impressed with his quiet dignity and his kindness and thoughtful manner with everyone he met.
Our world is a much better place because of Fred Hargesheimer.
December 24, 2010
A mans man, a true warrior . I never heard of this gentlemen until today and I was blown away about what he did. He is a true hero, we need more men like him. May he rest in peace.

Jim Pishock, Norristown, PA.
December 24, 2010
Didn't know him, but wish I could have. Sounds like an honorable man, we need many more like him.

Bob, Fla.
December 24, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer's story is inspirational. A life well lived.
So sorry for the family's loss.
December 24, 2010
People like this is what made this Country great. God bless his whole family.
December 24, 2010
A true patriot! The world is much poorer for this loss.
December 24, 2010
God bless this amazing man and his survivors.
December 24, 2010
Thanks for telling us about another real American Hero. America was made great by men like Fred. Stories like his are what they make movies about. You have my sympathy on his passing.
December 24, 2010
your a true American
December 24, 2010
I had never heard of this man before but what a legacy he left! This is the kind of life to celebrate and follow. God bless this man for what he did, his family was truly blessed to have such a man. A life spent in giving always will bring fulfilment to ones self and others.
December 24, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer's service to country and life represent what being an American should mean to every citizen of this great nation. What a legacy for the people of New Britian and his family. Rest in peace, and job well done!
December 24, 2010
I did not know this gentleman, but he is my idea of a real hero. His family can be proud of him.
December 24, 2010
Role Model
December 24, 2010
Fred Hargesheimer was indeed a kind and giving person. Read (Acts 20:35).- Gail (Alabama)
December 24, 2010
This Man is a true HERO we need more men like him in the world today.God bless.
December 24, 2010
God Bless Mr. Hargesheimer and those who risked all to save his life. So glad to know of this man and of the village. Such a legacy ... for all concerned.
December 24, 2010
A true Hero.To bad not more men like him in the world to day.God bless and may he ease your pain!
December 24, 2010
This story has touched my soul. What an
honorable gentleman, along with his wife and children. Wish the world could have known years ago about this. More money could have been raised to help this island and its people, in his name.
God grant him peace and may he be with him in Glory.
December 24, 2010
What a great story right here at Christmas time. Fred was a true American Hero. Thank you for what you did for so many people..
December 24, 2010
Heroes die but there greatness live on. may the love and memories deep in your heart comfort you as the God of tender mercies give you the strength to carry on. 2 Cor 1:3,4
December 24, 2010
This is the kind of TRUE hero that we should teach our kids to look up to.
December 24, 2010
WOW! This loving man IS a HERO. Simply put, He cared about others and not just himself. GOD knows what this loving man has done and has a special place for him with his Creator. I'd just imagine he's still helping others with his dear wife more than he was able to do on this earth. God Bless his dear family and know he's in Peace, helping so many and he will always be with you in Memory.
December 24, 2010
What a great legacy. People all around the world should follow this gentleman's lead...do good for others. The Lord surely welcomed him with open arms. Condolences to his family.
December 24, 2010
An amazing story and a beautiful man. My spirit is buoyed reading such an uplifting story, especially this Christmas Eve morning...the generosity of this family is truly an inspiration. This is the kind of story that should grace our newspapers every day, while it's happening, and not only in an obituary.

My father also served in the Pacific in WWII and passed away exactly one year ago, Dec 23rd 2009...I imagine that he and Mr. Hargesheimer are sharing their stories as we speak.

God Bless all of you.
December 24, 2010
What an inspiration, and what a wonderful man he was! My condolences to his family, who are suffering a real loss in his passing. I wish I had known him.
December 24, 2010
reading this story brought tears to my eyes. i never met fred but i am so proud of him for what he did to repay a debt. there are very few people that would go to the extremes that he did to thank the people who saved his life . my deepest sympathy to his family on your loss but our lord is now telling him "good job fred". a veteran.
December 24, 2010
I'M SO SORRY OF YOUR LOSS!
December 24, 2010
Thank you for your service to our country. You are truly an inspiration.
May you rest in peace, you have surely earned it.
December 24, 2010
Thank you for your service.Another great story from the greatest generation.You did your family and America PROUD.
December 24, 2010
Rest in Peace. You and the people who saved you are the true examples of what is good and right in our world.
December 24, 2010
To the the family of Fred Hargesheimer - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that Fred will be missed by many.
December 24, 2010
My condolences go out to Eric, Bonnie, and all of the Hargesheimer family. The world was truly a better place with Fred in it. May he rest in everlasting peace.
December 24, 2010
A SUPER MAN.....I HAD FOUR UNCLES IN WWII. BLESS HIM AND THE FAMILY.
December 24, 2010
What an example Mr.Hargesheimer has set for us all. To lose a man such as he is not only a loss for you but it is a loss for us all. I know from personal experience that the loss of a parent is hard to deal with, my only hope is that your pain is lessened by the thought of how great a man he was. He , as well as you, have helped to lessen the trials and tribulations of so many. May god bless you all. My prayers go out to you in your time of bereavement. My sincere condolences.
December 24, 2010
What a lovely story. Rest in peace, Fred.
December 23, 2010
A Real American Hero.
December 23, 2010
What a legacy to leave behind.
December 23, 2010
Well done, Mr. Hargesheimer. I hope to meet you at the gate one day in Heaven. What a man.
December 23, 2010
We lived and worked on the opposite side of East New Britain for a number of years and I have flown over the Nakanai mountain range many times. On one of those occasions our pilot told me the story of Fred's escape as we flew over the lake in the interior of the island that is named after him. I feel like I knew him.
December 23, 2010
A person like Mr. Hargesheimer do not come along very often. I will stand and salute him. It is my lost that I did not know him.
December 23, 2010
To the Hargesheimer, My dad was a Marine in the South Pacific during WWII. With all of the crazy things going on in our country today, what a nice inspiration for Christmas. Your grandparents taught him well. Like many of our parents, he was a product of the Great Depression and a proud member of "The Greatest Generation'. More people today take instead of give back which seems to be our downfall. All of the teachers in all of the schools in our country should make his example a part of their class teaching. I wish that I could have met him and shook his hand. Kevin Fitzgerald Barnhart, Missouri
December 23, 2010
he must of been a hellofa man.would liked to have known him
December 23, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
http://www.ruthann1.com
December 23, 2010
What a wonderful story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did not know the man, but wished I could have met him.
May his deeds continue in the years to come.
December 23, 2010
May God take the legacy of this true to life hero and continue to build upon it. May you rest in peace Mr. Hargesheimer.
December 23, 2010
If all the people of the world would give of themselves just one day as your father gave of his whole life the world would be like he envisioned it. What a truely wonderful example for us all. To help others and not just ourselves, such a simple path to heaven that so many of us never find. Thank you to your father for showing us the way again.
December 23, 2010
A great American, and a kind loving man.
What a wonderful Christmas story.
December 23, 2010
Thank you so much for your inspiring work, your story, and your sacrifice. We are once again humbly reminded that yours was the greatest generation. Go with God.
December 23, 2010
A shining example of what each and every one of us should aspire to be...It isnt as difficult as people seem to think it is....Find joy in helping others...it's a much greater joy than that you get for helping yourself.....Im proud to know there are still men of this caliber....and shamed that we all dont try hard enough to follow his example...R.I.P Sir
December 23, 2010
I was honored to have met my Uncle Fred in August at my cousin's home -Richard, and his wonderful wife, Christy-in Lincoln. If I can be one tenth as good of a person as my Uncle Fred Hargesheimer, then I will not have lived in vain. May God bless Carol, Richard, and Eric, Fred's greatest accomplishments of all.
December 23, 2010
I have known your story for years. I was a late comer to the Eight Ballers, Joining from the 36PRS at the end of WW2.
Rest in Peace.
December 23, 2010
Fred's service to our nation was most honorable but his service to mankind will be his legacy. In his transformation from warrior to teacher he chose to beat his sword into a plowshare and his spear into a pruning hook. God's blessing came twice. Once for him, the other for those who knew him.
December 23, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
December 23, 2010
Wow! What a story this man's life was, and still is. This is movie material. He contributes to the moniker "The Greatest generation". My condolences to those who knew and loved him. RIP amigo!
December 23, 2010
Fred, you are the type of man that I would hope to be. May you rest in peace.
December 23, 2010
With no money for Christmas, not even a tree I was feeling pretty down about not having anything to give my daughter for Christmas. After reading about Mr. Hargesheimer, I realize the best gifts I could pass on to my little one... are stories like yours. Thank you.
December 23, 2010
To the late Mr. Fred Hargesheimer, Thank you for your service in WW II and all that you and your family as done to make this world a better place... there is a special place in heaven for guys like you...
December 23, 2010
My prayers go out to the family. I know you are proud of this wonderful man. I too am proud of him. My he rest in peace and forever watch over all of his children here in the USA, and Papua/New Guinea Thank you Mr Fred Hargesheimer
December 23, 2010
May the world learn of the essence of humanity embodied in the soul of this great human being. My hope is that his story lives on to inspire generations to come.

Fred was truly a Great American Hero. His spirit and giving nature will be eternally missed.
December 23, 2010
What a wonderful man. If only his story could be told to many of today's youth as an example of a real man.
December 23, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 23, 2010
Fred, you made this world a better place. I hope there are more where you came from. I feel richer as a human just knowing I shared this planet with you.
December 23, 2010
May the God of all comfort and peace be with the family in your time of sorrow.
December 23, 2010
What a wonderful man. I wish I had met him.
December 23, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer is what America is all about. Thank You for what you did. We are indebted to you. DH Peoria, Il.
December 23, 2010
What a wonderful story of a true hero to not only the people of America, but those of adopted second country of Papua/New Guinea. May Mr. Hargesheimer's family find the kind of peace, honor and solace in his passing that he obviously did during his life's service to both this country and to the people of Papua/New Guinea.
December 23, 2010
i,also, was in the south pacific, and, fortunately was never shot down....i fully understand what fred was all about, and given the same situation, would have the same thing....how nice it is to be remembered in this manner.....EVERYONE is so proud of what he has done and all his children should be SO proud of him!!!!!
December 23, 2010
What a gentleman Mr. Hargesheimer was- an example to all of what we should be.
December 23, 2010
Sorry to hear of your loss..what a nice history and story of your Father..It is good to know that these kinds of goodness have been out there!! He makes us Americans proud even after the fact...