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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 508th PIR.

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 brother.

[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