Fred Malaterre was a native of North Dakotas but traveled
to Fort Snelling, MN to enlist in the Army on April 28, 1944,
He volunteered for parachutist duty and after completion
of jump school, probably at Ft. Benning, GA, he was assigned to the
It is not known whether he saw combat but he was part
of the Honor Guard in Frankfurt as he received the Good Conduct medal in
February 1946 on 508th General Order 12.
Following his discharge he was employed as an oil rig
worker in Texas. Unfortunately, an accident there cost him a leg
and he returned to his native North Dakota.
On January 19, 1958 a fire
swept though his home. Fred perished in the blaze along with a younger
[Note: The article
indicates that Fred was 30 years of age at the time of his death.
His actual age was 32.]
(Courtesy "Fluttergirl " )
Grave markers for Fred Malaterre in Saint Ann's Cemetery,
Belcourt (Rolette County), ND