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Freytag Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0037

This collection consist of four folders of material gives a glimpse into the life of the Freytag family, a miltary family from Wartburg, TN. The collection includes correspondence, press clippings, photographs, and certificates regarding three of the Freytag children: Albert Jr., Fred, and Maxwell. The Freytag Family papers were donated to the Center for the Study of War and Society by the family matriarch, Ethel Freytag. All materials are photocopies.

Albert Freytag enlisted in the Marines and was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force. The collection includes photocopies of postcards to his mother after he joined the Marines and notification of where he was to be trained, correspondence to his mother, newspaper articles regarding his enlistment and his assignment to the Fleet Marine Force, a photograph of Albert in his uniform, a certificate stating his name was going to be placed on the Honor Roll in the Memorial Building of Wartburg, TN, and a photograph of Albert receiving a certificate for thirty years of service to his country.

Fred E. Freytag enlisted in the Navy and was an airplane mechanic. His papers include newspaper articles detailing the events surrounding his time in the war, including a time when his plane was shot down over the North Sea. It also contains a certificate commemorating his crossing of the Arctic Circle in 1943 while serving on the U.S.S. Ranger. Additionally, the collection contains a certificate noting that Fred Freytag's name would be placed on the Honor Roll in the Memorial Building of Wartburg, TN.

Maxwell Freytag enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was later a Chemical Warfare Specialist stationed in Italy. This collection contains newspaper clippings regarding his service as well as war correspondence and a certificate noting that his name would be posted on the Honor Roll in the Memorial Building of Wartburg, TN.

Additionally, this collection contains a newspaper clipping belonging to Ethel Freytag that discusses the service of her three sons.

Dates

  • 1936-1944, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (4 folders)

Abstract

This collection gives a glimpse into the life of the Freytag family, a miltary family from Wartburg, TN. The collection includes correspondence, press clippings, photographs, and certificates regarding the Freytag children, Albert Jr., Fred, and Maxwell. Albert Jr. was enlisted in the U.S. Marines, Fred was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and Maxwell was enlisted in the U.S. Army. All materials are photocopies, donated by the family matriarch, Ethel H. Freytag.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Freytag Family was a military family from Wartburg, TN. Albert Lee (1885-1955) and Ethel Freytag (1911-2005) had four sons: Albert Jr., Fred E., Maxwell, and Kenneth. All four sons served in the U.S. military.

Maxwell Freytag was born April 1, 1915. He enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia in 1941. He was later a Chemical Warfare Specialist stationed in Italy during the war. He died on May 8, 1991 and is buried in Wayne County, Georgia.

Albert L. Freytag, Jr. was born on November 18, 1917 to. Albert was a graduate of Central High School. He joined the Marine Corps on September 22, 1936 and completed his training in Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon completion of his training, he was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force and was eventually transferred overseas, fighting in the Pacific during World War II. In addition to his name being placed on the Honor Roll Memorial Building in Wartburg, TN, Freytag has also been honored for his 30 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. Albert L. Freytag, Jr. passed away on June 28, 1980 and is buried in Morgan County, Tenn.

Fred E. Freytag (1922-1973) enlisted in the Navy and was an airplane mechanic. His plane was shot down over the North Sea during the war. He also crossed the Arctic Circle in 1943 while serving on the U.S.S. He retired after 20 years of service.

Arrangement

This collection consists of four folders.

Previous Citation

This collection was originally listed as part of MS.1230. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.3.0003 until receiving its current number.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480