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Miller, Fred

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Oral History

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Fred Miller was born on 16 July 1911 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of German immigrant parents. He was raised in the Twin Cities area, and from 1924-30 attended Concordia College, St. Paul, for both high school and college. Herb then went to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and in 1934 was ordained a minister in the Lutheran Church. Soon thereafter, in 1935, Fred was married (wife Frita), and moved to his first congregation in the small town of Akely, Minnesota. In mid-1941, Fred decided to enter the Army as a military chaplain; after Basic Training, he was commissioned as a 1st lieutenant and subsequently posted to Europe. Fred served as a chaplain with the 23rd Armored Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, until the end of the war; the unit saw action in France, Belgium, and Germany. After 1945 Fred remained in the military, serving until 1964 as an administrator and teacher with the ROTC program. He then decided to retire from the military and go back to the pastoral ministry. Fred served with Trinity First Lutheran Church in Minneapolis until he “retired” in 1976; now more than 90 years of age, Fred still serves part time at Trinity First and at St. Peter’s Lutheran in Edina, Minnesota. At the time of this interview (2001) Fred Miller lived in Minneapolis. Rev. Fred Miller died 17 Mar 2012, aged 100, in Minneapolis.


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