commendation for his performance
while escorting President Roosevelt.
Date of Birth: June 30, 1915
Place of Birth: TBD - Likely Randolph, Kansas
Father and Mother’s Names: TBD
Spouse and Children's Names: Minnie Friedrich (wife), children - TBD
Date Entered Service: December 27, 1942 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Service Branch: Army
Rank/Specialty: Corporal - Military Police
Service ID: 37491434
Division/Company/Unit info: Company D, 781st Military Police Battalion, 170th Military Police Company.
Awards and Commendations: Good Conduct Medal, African and Mediterranean Campaign medals. Qualified as Rifle Marksman (Januar 30, 1943).
Riley Connection: Grew up in Randolph, Kansas. Would mary and start a family of his home there too.
Date of Discharge: November 17, 1945
Bio: Raised in Randolph, Kansas. Harold Friedrich would start a family in Randoph with his wife Minnie Friedrich. He was employed by J.W. Holmstrom of Randoph, Kansas from January 1935 to December 1942, where he drove 1.5 ton truck from elevator to farm and from farms to elevator. Hauling cttle, feed, and seeds. He also worked as a clerk in the store selling feeds and seeds to customers. He would join the Army on December 27, 1942. After basic training Friedrich trained as an MP (Military Police Officer) and would serve with distinction. His basic duties where described as follows in his discharge papers:
for President Roosevelt to return from a tour of the Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt.
Cpl. Friedrich served with the 170th Military Police Company in the Mediterranean Theater for 28 months. He Patroled a 15 mile area enforcing military laws, and regulations. Arresting soldiers who were drunk, Absent with-out Leave, and in fights. Patroled are in radio car.
Friedrich's unit was on duty in North Africa (Egypt) and later in Sicily and Italy. While serving in North Africa, Cpl. Friedrich was placed in charge of a unit assigned to escort President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Stalin during there trip through Egypt and during their conferrence inTeheran, Iran. He was given a special commendation for his performance and that of his men.