Condolence: The Greatest Generation and Nation lost a US Army WWII Tanker who served his country and community from the day he took the military oath until his passing. Fred was no ordinary hero; served God and country with honor and love that endures in the hearts and minds of those who know and served with him either in church and duty to America.
I came to know Fred in 1974 when I joined the 318th Light Equipment Company Army Reserve unit in State College; we became colleagues in service and good friends for the rest of our lives. You see, Fred and I both had 19 November as our birthdates, albeit 21 years apart. Fred, Blanch, Karen and I made it a point to annually celebrate our birthdays by dining out; our friendship, love and respect for one another grew every passing year.
Fred’s frame towered over most people I’ve know; however, he was one of the most consummate kind and compassionate person I’ve known. In my seven years as a Reservist, he mentored me from a young Lieutenant all the way though my term as Company Commander. And after I moved on in my military career, we developed a lifelong friendship that flourished.
To my mentor, friend and father-like American hero I offer my prayer that God Bless and keep you now and evermore! God Bless Frederick J. Raymond for you’ve been a good and faithful servant your entire life.
To Blanch and the family, you have our Deepest Sympathy and my God be with you always as Fred’s memory lives on…