11 September 2023

Richard Frederick WWII Draft Registration


Source: National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Wwii Draft Registration Cards For Michigan, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 386 found at Ancestry.com

The above draft registration is for my uncle, Richard Lewis Frederick, Brethren, Michigan. Richard is my mother's older brother. I want to point out Richard's last name. The spelling of the last name on this record is Frederick. This is the name that was on Richard's birth certificate and he used it throughout his life. My mom has Fredrick on her birth certificate. Others in the family have Fredricks on theirs. There is no uniformity among the twelve siblings. 

Richard was living at home and farming with his father, Otto August Fredrick. This is the correct spelling for Otto, no 'e' in the middle of his name. He listed his mother, Daisy Fredrick, as the next of kin. 

Richard was five feet, four inches tall and weighed 117 pounds. He had blue eyes, brown hair, and a dark complexion. I believe the dark complexion was due to his time farming in the sun. I knew Uncle Richard and would not say he had a dark complexion.

The above picture was on Richard's wedding day in 1950, seven years after his draft registration. He doesn't look like he has a dark complexion here. 

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