Lt James W. Frey
Frey was born Feb. 1, 1921, on a farm near Leonard,
attended schools in Leonard and enrolled at Moorhead
State Teachers College.
When World War II began, Mr. Frey joined the U.S.
Army Air Corps and graduated from flight training
in 1942. He flew B-17s and B-29s and was the aircraft
commander on a plane that dropped the last bomb on
Frey was discharged in 1946 and managed airports that
catered to crop spraying and charter flights in Fordville,
N.D., and Cando, N.D. In the snowbound years of 1949-1950
and 1950-1951, Mr. Frey was the only available transport
for the residents of Cando carrying mail, doctors
and veterinarians about.
He was recalled to active duty in 1952 in the U.S.
Air Force. He served in Vietnam, the Phillippines
and Korea where he flew B-47s, KC-97s, B-52s, and
C-123s . He retired in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Frey awarded the Distingished Flying Cross in
Frey married Evelyn Benson with whom he had two daughters,
Pauline and Beverly.
he married Magdelena with whom he had a daughter Jennifer
and 2 sons, Kenneth and Christopher.
has 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
He taught social studies in La Moure, N.D., after
his retirement and worked as a substitute teacher
Frey flew fire patrol in western Oregon, managed the
Clark Air Force Base Aero Club and served as director
of Seventh-Day Adventist Welfare Service in the North
Philippines Union Mission from 1973 to 1975.
He had been the director of the food bank at the Adventist
Community Center since 1985. Mr. Frey was a deacon
in the Salem Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion,
The Salem Retired Officer Association and the Air
He enjoyed chess, tennis and traveling.
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W. Frey passed away at his home in Keizer, Oregon with
his family present on 24 December 2005. He was 84 yrs
old. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on
27 Jan. 2006 with full military honors. WWII crewmates
Nicholas Livingston, Flight Engineer and Herbert C.
Verry, Radio Operator were in attendance at the burial
to honor their Airplane Commander.
above are excerpts from the obituary of James W. Frey
found on the Keizertimes.com web site, published Dec 30,
2005 and additional information provided by Todd Phillips,
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