Frederick Douglass | MVH Augusta Veteran Stories | U.S. Army | 1944 - 1946

Author: MVH Augusta
Posted: November 26, 2018
Category: Maine Veterans of the Month

Frederick Douglass was born in December of 1925, in Dover, New Hampshire, to Frederick Douglass Sr. and Minnie Douglass. When he was a child, his family moved to Maine.  Fred was a big help growing up, always lending a hand where he could. At the age of nineteen Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army Infantry in 1944.

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When Fred returned home from the service, he went to a nearby farm to get some milk for his family - where he met his future wife, Olive Rackley. They married on November 15, 1947, in Bowdoinham, Maine. Olive and Fred had four children, two boys and two girls. Fred built their family home and still lives there today.

Fred worked for Bath Iron Works. He was an electrician but he also did some painting and welding while working there. Fred was an avid outdoorsman as well, and loved being out hunting, fishing, and camping. Fred bought a camp and re-did the whole thing, inside and out.

Committed to community service, Fred was a part of the American Legion and VFW.  He was a cook at the Fireman’s field day to help raise money for “Jaws of Life.”  Fred always talked about his many stories with friends and family. He loved playing dominoes and cribbage.  His daughter says “everything he did he put his best effort into it whether it be work, family or fun.”

We were honored to have Fred stay at our Augusta for a time earlier this year, and are pleased to report that Fred has returned home.

Thank You, Fred, for your service to our nation!

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