Fred Earl Birch, Jr.

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  • Name: Fred Earl Birch Jr.
  • Location of Birth: Holcomb, Wisconsin
  • Date of Birth: May 11, 1916
  • Date of Death: March 8, 1960 (43 years old)
  • Parents: Fred Earl Birch, Sr. and Dovee (Worden) Birch
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: March 24, 1934 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: November 21, 1945 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    He served with Minnesota Headquarters Company, 3rd Battery Battalion, 475 Infantry Regiment.

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Fred Earl Birch, Jr.
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 24
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: May 11, 1916
    Birth Place: Holcomb, Wisconsin, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Registration Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: WPA
    Height: 5' 7"
    Weight: 165
    Complexion: Dark
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Fred Birch (mother)

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    The family came to Itasca County many years ago and settled in the Dora Lake area. Several years ago Fred moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota and then to California.

    Survivors besides his father are his wife, Mary Ann; three daughters, Mrs. Darlene Heinzer, Mrs. Jeanne Smith, and Mrs. Marietta Linder; a son, Fred Birch III; three sisters, Mrs. Walter Fox, Sr., Mrs. Martin Zaic, and Mrs. John Evanoff; four brothers, Noble, Gene, Walter, and Ray.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-C-23-1-8)

    Information found on Find A Grave, submitted by Carron Birch.
    Fred Earl Birch was my Dad's oldest brother. He was born to Fred and Dovvie Birch, and was the second oldest of 9 children. I was 4, going on 5 when he passed away, so I don't remember a lot about him. Just that he looked like my Daddy, and always had those candies called orange slices in his pockets for us kids!
    He was in the Calvary before World War II, and after the war began, he was in the infantry in the United States Army. While serving in China, Uncle Fred had a heart attack and was sent home. He was still only in his late twenties. He continued to have heart problems and was told he should move to a warmer climate. He and his family moved to San Diego, California. Shortly after, he had a massive heart attack and died, at 43 years old.
    Uncle Fred was preceded in death by his mother Dovvie in 1947, his youngest brother Arthur, in 1955, and his grandparents. He left behind his wife, Mary; 3 daughters; one son; 5 grandchildren (12 more would follow after his death); his father, Fred; three sisters; and four brothers. And many nieces and nephews who loved him very much!

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