Gerald Elmer Friauf

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  • Name: Gerald Elmer Friauf
  • Location of Birth: Renville, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 14, 1942
  • Date of Death: October 12, 1993 (51 years old)
  • Parents: Walter Friauf and Frances (Clayton) Friauf
  • High School and Class: Montevideo High School, Montevideo, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: EN 2 (Engineman Petty Officer 2nd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Military Highlights:
    Soon after graduation, Gerald served in the United States Navy for nine years as a diesel mechanic in both the Atlantic and Pacific and particularly Vietnam.

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    Vietnam Era

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  • Civilian Life:
    Gerald attended schools in Bird Island, Minnesota and graduated from Montevideo High School.

    Following his naval service, Gerald settled in Portsmouth, Virginia where he worked for a trucking firm as a diesel mechanic.

    After a disabling incident in Portsmouth, Virginia, he moved to Bigfork, Minnesota in 1972.

    Gerald volunteered at the Bigfork School and often helped out at the North Itasca Health Care Center. He was an active member of the Old Scenic Church.

    Gerald is survived by his father, Walter; one sister, Jean Nelson; and one brother, Walter.

    Gerald died at Pine Tree Villa in Bigfork, Minnesota and is buried in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Silver Lake, Minnesota.

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