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Fred C. Otto
War: World War II
Branch: United States Army
Unit: 1st Army - 2nd Div - 31 Corps
Highest Rank: Tech Sergeant
Birth Year: June 12, 1918
Place of Birth: Bessemer, Michigan

Fred C. Otto was born in a very small town (population 350) in Michigan's U.P. His father was a banker but during the Great Depression he became a Bank Examiner. He always taught his children that they had to work hard for what they got. This stuck with Fred throughout his whole life. One of Fred's early jobs was in a funeral home. When the family moved he got a job at the University of Michigan in the Radiology Department.

When Fred was drafted, because of his experience in the funeral business and in radiology, he was made a Medic. After extensive training, he was sent to the Aleutian Islands. He saw action there as a Medic and of course at the time Medics did not carry weapons.

Fred was shot in two different places. He said that all he received was a ribbon, but no Purple Heart medal. He was very emotional when he talked about one of the first soldiers he was asked to help. That soldier died in his arms.

When Fred left the Service he got a job again at the University of Michigan Radiology Department. He met his wife there. She had two children and together they had two more. She died several years ago from complications from Diabetes.

Fred now lives alone in Saline. He has helped with lawn care and snow removal, and travels to Ann Arbor for the Senior Meal Program at Burns Park.