Another one of our Greatest Generation passed away. Sadly, he never talked about his military service but his sister gleaned a few facts over the years.
I recently found out about his passing - one of my Third Cousins on the Kusel side. He is related to a lot of people in the Manning area (Rudnick, David, Friedrichsen, Kusel, Borkowski, Wiese, etc.) and connected to the Trinity Church that now stands at the Manning Heritage is some of his story.

Gilmore Friedrichsen
March 23, 1925 - August 20, 2018
Gilmore entered the U.S. Army on June 9, 1943. He was inducted at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
He received his training at Fort Knox, Arkansas, and upon completion went to Germany.
He served in the 3rd Armored Tank Division.
Gilmore was transported to Europe on the S.S. Queen Elizabeth - same ship that Hugo David was transported on during the war.
Gilmore arrived in Germany/France several days after D-Day. The unit he joined was in southern Germany and headed north as far as Cologne before he was injured in his shoulder and sent back home. He carried that shrapnel his whole life.
Gilmore returned home on a small ship that broke down along the way, so it took several weeks to get back to the states.
He was awarded the purple heart.
Gilmore was discharged February 16, 1946.

Wilhelmina & Christian Kusel, Jr. in South Dakota

2 Christian Heinrich Johann Kusel (10/25/1848 born in Nausdorf, Germany)
Christian William Frederick Kusel (10/14/1848-5/1/1928)
Wilhelmina "Minnie" Wohlert (7/20/1852-9/30/1920) (born in Schunedorf near Lutenberg, Germany died in Deadwood, SD)
Wilhelmina Louise Fredericka Wohlert in Christian's OB

3 Rosa Kusel (4/10/1876-6/4/1949) (married: 11/16/1895)
Henry Herman Friedrichsen (7/25/1873 - 9/18/1933)
Rosa was born in Audubon County/Lincoln Township
Henry was born in Clinton County

4 Herman Detlef Friedrichsen (6/20/1896 - 8/15/1964) (married: 10/15/1919)
Mary Agnes Lutwitze (2/6/1890 - 8/30/1962)

4 Clara Christina Friedrichsen (10/24/1897- 12/1/1978) (married: 2/23/1921)
Friedrich Christian Wiese Jr. (12/2/1898- 2/16/1965)

4 William Henry Friedrichsen (11/25/1899- 1/15/1983) (married: 12/6/1923)
Edna Alvina David (1/25/1901 - 4/5/1996)
1st marriage of Edna: Edward Lehmberg (married: 1/26/1921)
5 Gilmore Albert Friedrichsen

4 Helena "Lena" Wilhelmina Friedrichsen (2/1/1901- 4/7/1987) (married: 10/1/1924)
Emil Otto August David (6/10/1903- 1/29/1994)

4 Julia Johanna Friedrichsen (4/29/1904- 11/5/1979) (married: 2/1/1928)
Roy Karl Borkowski (2/27/1907 -9/5/1963) Christian name LeRoy Carl Borkowski

4 Flora M. Friedrichsen (3/25/1906- 1/5/1989) (married: 6/19/1951)
Walter William John Polzien (1/13/1907- 12/31/1992)
Walter's first marriage: Pearl Alvina Schramm (10/2/1934)

4 Edward Martin Friedrichsen (7/3/1908 - 12/29/1997) (married: 3/23/1940)
1st marriage: Eva Godwin (5/8/1915 - 9/12/1996)
2nd marriage: Irene Rysgaard (4/7/1918- 3/14/1996) (married: 7/22/1977)

4 Emil (H.) Friedrichsen (7/3/1908 - 10/25/1981) (never married)

Rosa, Lena, Anna Kusel

Henry, Herman, with Clara on Rosa (Kusel) Friedrichsen's lap.
These 2 pictures above are what original size low resolution scans look like from 1996...and why I'm so insistent on getting original pictures to scan with my equipment.

Original Trinity Record book baptism information.
This book survived the March 23, 1913 tornado that destroyed the original sister church.

October 2018

Gilmore A. Friedrichsen

Gilmore Albert "Gil" Friedrichsen, Milton-Freewater, passed away August 20, 2018, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla at the age of 93 years.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Milton-Freewater. Private inurnment will be held at Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902S Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862.

Gil was born March 23, 1925, in Audubon County, Iowa, the son of William and Edna (David) Friedrichsen. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township, Audubon County in 1925.
The family later moved to Watertown, South Dakota, where Gil graduated from Watertown High School in 1943. Two days later he was inducted into the Army on June 9, 1943, and sent to the European Theatre after training. He received the Purple Heart and was discharged on February 16, 1946. He played percussion instruments throughout high school and after returning from the war zone, continued his percussion activities in a dance band. He attended and graduated from MacPhail College of Music and Dramatic Art on June 2, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later he moved to Milton-Freewater and worked in cold storage for Umatilla Canning Co., Western Farmers, and Watermill Foods until retirement in 1987.

Gil was an active member of Christ the King Lutheran Church for many years. He married Lorraine Clark on August 26, 1967, and later divorced on October 16, 1972. He enjoyed traveling in the US. as well as a couple trips to Germany with family.

He is survived by a sister, Gloria R. Schmidt of Leavenworth, Washington; step-daughter, Vickie Clark-Herrle and Rich of Oregon City, Oregon; step-granddaughters, Jordan, Clarise, and April Herrle; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Veril H. Friedrichsen; and his wife, Bernice; brother, Harlan E. Friedrichsen and his wife Shirley; and a brother-in-law, Delbert G. Schmidt.
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I scanned these photos from the Ardith (David) Lage collection.
Ardith & Gilmore were first cousins.

William & Edna (David) Friedrichsen




Gloria - 1951 graduate Watertown, South Dakota

Christmas 1959 Back: Gloria, Harlan, Veril, Gilmore
Front: Edna, Bill

2003 Kusel reunion at the Kusel farm near Manning

Delbert & Gloria (Friedrichsen) Schmidt, Gilmore Friedrichsen

Gilmore Friedrichsen

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