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Frederick Ferrese

T/5 in 603rd Engineer Camouflage Bn : Co A, Medical Det


Born 1917 in PA, Died 1973

County of residence at enlistment: Lackawanna County, PA
Other residence(s): Scranton, PA
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: unskilled occupations in laundering, cleaning, dyeing, and pressing apparel and other articles
Source: 603rd Camouflage Engineer Roster provided by W. Anderson; Unit Shipment 10143-B, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945; Banhof Flag

Frederick Ferrese was born on September 2, 1917 in Scranton, PA, the oldest of five children. He graduated from the commercial course at Technical High School in Scranton in 1936 and went to work in a dry cleaner's.

He enlisted in the Army on July 7, 1941. A September 1942 newspaper article describes his recent visit home on furlough, and his transfer to Fort Meade.

His younger brother Robert enlisted in October 1942, and also saw service in Europe during the war.

Sadly, their father died of a heart attack in March 1943.

Frederick went overseas with the Ghost Army on May 3, 1944, and returned to the states on July 2, 1945. He was released from the Army on September 22, 1945 with the rank of Tec 5, and went back to Scranton.

He worked as a presser at several different dry cleaners during the 1950s. He died on March 19, 1973 and is buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Dunmore, PA.


1936 article from Scranton Tribune re his high school graduation

1940 Draft Registration

1941 Enlistment Record

1942 article from Scranton Times-Tribune re his military service

1950 Pennsylvania WW2 Veterans' Compensation File

1953 Scranton Directory

1957 Scranton Directory

1960 Scranton Directory

1973 Pennsylvania Veteran's Burial Card

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