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Fritzenkotter, Herman F. (1923-2009) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Fritzenkotter, Herman F. (1923-2009)

Historical Note:

Herman Fredrick Fritzenkotter was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1923.  Two years later his family moved to San Diego.  Fritzenkotter graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1941 and enrolled at San Diego State College that same year.  Shortly thereafter, he left college to join the Merchant Marines.  In September of 1943, he enlisted with the United States Army.  He was sent to Europe where he served as Message Center Chief for the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th (Ivy) Division.  Fritzenkotter and his regiment saw action in Normandy, Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland, and in Central Europe.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 1945 for bravery on the field.

After the war, Fritzenkotter returned to San Diego State College where he was an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1949, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art.  A year later he married Patricia Allard. Fritzenkotter worked as an industrial canvas salesman, and created wood sculptures in his spare time.  During his semi-retirement, he and his wife travelled throughout Europe, returning to many of the battlefields he had fought at.  He remained active at San Diego State as a member of the Retirement Association, Alumni Association, and the President’s Leadership Fund.

Fritzenkotter died on May 29, 2009.  He had two children, Kurt and Anna.

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