Fred Hargesheimer
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — Fred Hargesheimer, a World War II Army pilot whose rescue by Pacific islanders led to a life of giving back as a builder of schools and teacher of children, died Thursday morning. He was 94. Richard Hargesheimer said his father had been suffering from poor health and passed away in Lincoln.

On June 5, 1943, Hargesheimer, a P-38 pilot with the 8th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, was shot down by a Japanese fighter while on a mission over the Japanese-held island of New Britain in the southwest Pacific. He parachuted into the trackless jungle, where he barely survived for 31 days until found by local hunters.

They took him to their coastal village and for seven months hid him from Japanese patrols, fed him and nursed him back to health from two illnesses. In February 1944, with the help of Australian commandos working behind Japanese lines, he was picked up by a U.S. submarine off a New Britain beach.

After returning to the U.S. following the war, Hargesheimer got married and began a sales career with a Minnesota forerunner of computer maker Sperry Rand, his lifelong employer. But he said he couldn't forget the Nakanai people, who he considered his saviors.

The more he thought about it, he later said, "the more I realized what a debt I had to try to repay."

After revisiting the village of Ea Ea in 1960, he came home, raised $15,000 over three years, "most of it $5 and $10 gifts," and then returned with 17-year-old son Richard in 1963 to contract for the building of the villagers' first school.

In the decades to come, Hargesheimer's U.S. fundraising and determination built a clinic, another school and libraries in Ea Ea, renamed Nantabu, and surrounding villages.

In 1970, their three children grown, Hargesheimer and his late wife, Dorothy, moved to New Britain, today an out-island of the nation of Papua New Guinea, and taught the village children themselves for four years. The Nantabu school's experimental plot of oil palm even helped create a local economy, a large plantation with jobs for impoverished villagers.

On his last visit, in 2006, Hargesheimer was helicoptered into the jungle and carried in a chair by Nakanai men to view the newly found wreckage of his World War II plane. Six years earlier, on another visit, he was proclaimed "Suara Auru," "Chief Warrior" of the Nakanai.

"The people were very happy. They'll always remember what Mr. Fred Hargesheimer has done for our people," said Ismael Saua, 69, a former teacher at the Nantabu school.

"These people were responsible for saving my life," Hargesheimer told The Associated Press in a 2008 interview. "How could I ever repay it?"

Besides Richard, of Lincoln, Hargesheimer, a Rochester, Minnesota, native, is survived by another son, Eric, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, and a daughter, Carol, of Woodbury, Minnesota; by a sister, Mary Louise Gibson of Grass Valley, California; and by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Richard Hargesheimer said no services are planned.


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Published by Boston Herald on Dec. 23, 2010.
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Fred was the epidemy of a man with love and compassion of his fellow beings. I am proud to say that we will soon be sharing his story with many in our new Veterans & Emergency Services Museum.
Richard & Krom
April 3, 2020
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
February 16, 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.
Sandra Simpson
January 11, 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.
Paul Weisner
January 5, 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.
VICTORIA FOSTER
January 4, 2011
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
John Kumpf
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.
Phil Johnson
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.

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Cynthia Schmidt
December 31, 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.
Dick Seaberg
December 31, 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.
Edith (Ms Minet) Davis
December 30, 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.
David Hawblitz
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.
Kathy Hanna Wachter
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
ROBERT DOWDY
December 29, 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.
James Kataoka
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.
James Kataoka
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.
Roman Zmick
December 28, 2010
What an inspiration...there should be more like him.
December 28, 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 28, 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.
Nancy Shanley
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.
Tim Hanley
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.
N H
December 27, 2010
To the Hargesheimer Family
You have my deepest sympathy on your great lost.
S. Gooch
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
Sandy 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!
Mark Demmin Sr.
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.
Dr.Tab Smith
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!
Andy
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.
Tami Bramblett
December 27, 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!
Big Willie
December 27, 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.
Joan Weigold
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.
sef
December 26, 2010
Thank you for your sevice to your country and the human race. People like you restore our faith in humanity.
Chris Smith
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!
Dick Adamonis
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.
Joe Roche
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.
L Price
December 26, 2010
Mr. Hargesheimer is a credit to his Country, His Family & His GOD!
Phyllis
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
Rena
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
Christopher Brown
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.
Kim Brengman
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.
Margaret Henderson
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.
M B
December 25, 2010
what a Great Life!
Isa Parada
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
David Johnson
December 25, 2010
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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~
Victoria&Andrew
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.
Shannon Whitler
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.
Robert Murray
December 25, 2010
Thank you for your service Sir. May you RIP.
Jason C
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.
Tom Westerhof
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
Richard Short
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.
Bev Bowman
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
Tami W
December 25, 2010
wE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU.
lOIS jOHNSON
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.
lillian Crosby
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.
Richard Hargesheimer
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.
Michael Fleming
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.
Bob godfrey
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.
Richard Hargesheimer
December 25, 2010
What a grand man and a great American!
1SG USA Ret
December 25, 2010
What a wonderful man. RIP FRED.
BOB SHANNON
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.
Sadie Greer
December 25, 2010
R.I.P. A MAN IN EVERY SINCE, OF THE WORD.
PAUL PEDDLE
December 25, 2010
paul peddle
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!
Kelly Keckler
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.
Shirley
December 25, 2010
A truly great American, who lived the life of service to others.
Gerry Lindsey
December 25, 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.
Rick Gunter
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!
Roy Calcagne
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.
ME Forbes
December 24, 2010
A true hero..............R.I.P.
Judy
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.
Thomas Rex Campbell
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.
Donald Anderson
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.
Katherine Leann Ladd
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.
Chuck Kieffer
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
Dan Osborn
December 24, 2010
What a wonderful American. I wish I had the privelege of knowing him.
Bill Johnson
December 24, 2010
Fred, you are a true hero !
Alan
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.
Victor
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
Larry Shima
December 24, 2010
His story took my breath away! A true hero in every sense of the word. My condolences to his family.
Jerri Solomon
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.
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.
Debbie Smith
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.
Myron Myers
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
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WHERE OUR LOVED ONE'S ARE
WAITING FOR YOU AND FOR ME AT
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Charles H. Miranda
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
Mark Imel
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.
John Flenner
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.
emory kendrick
December 24, 2010
The word "Hero" comes to my mind!
Jim Hinckle
December 24, 2010
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