Fredric (Fred) J. Herman, 91, Bel Air, Md., passed away April 1, 2014. He was born Jan. 10, 1923, to Emma Mae and Frederick Herman in Baltimore, Md. In 1989, he moved to Beverly Hills, Fla., from Bel Air. He moved to The Villages in 2005. In 2013, he returned to Bel Air, Md. He was an Episcopalian. He was a quality control specialist in design drafting for the U.S. Civil Service, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland.
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He is preceded in death by daughter, Emma Mae Herman; and sisters, Barbara Simon and Alvia DeFatta. He is survived by wife of 64 years, Beverly; son, Rodney Herman of Georgetown, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.
He volunteered in the Regular U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1948 during World War II. He liked to be remembered as an "Ole Tin Can Sailor" serving as Gunner's Mate 2/C on the old Fletcher type destroyers, the USS Converse, DD 509. After the war, he was transferred to the USS Yancey, AKA 93 and sailed with Admiral Richard E. Byrd to the Antarctic, South Pole, on Operation High Jump in 1946-1947.
He was a life member of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association and also a life member of VFW Post 10087 Beverly Hills. He was a member of the American Legion Post #0039 in Bel Air, Md., a member of the National Association of Destroyer Veterans, also known as Tin Can Sailors. He was a 32-degree Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and belonged to the Baltimore Boumi Temple Shriners and Mt. Ararat Masonic Lodge #44 in Bel Air, Md., and a member of Tri County Masonic High 12 Club in The Villages.
His sports were fishing and hunting. He hunted black bears and wolves for 24 years in Ontario, Canada. He was the only hunter in his group to get a black bear and timber wolf in Canada when the wolf sport was legal. He also enjoyed shuffleboard, bowling and billiards. He was a member of the Villages 2nd Honeymoon Club.
His greatest "15 minutes of fame" was when he received a plaque for being on the first ship (the USS YANCY) on the ice at Little America, south Pole, Antarctica, from the Old Antarctica Explorers Association Reunion in Pensacola in 2002.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 3, 2014