Fred & Dorothy live and teach at Airmen's Memorial School
“As a young pilot Fred Hargeshiemer vowed to return. In 1963 he did. I wanted to do something to repay a debt, and it seemed a logical thing to teach kids to read and write,” he says. He persuaded an architect friend to design a school, raised money to get it built, then went back the following year to see it open its doors to 76 children. Today the Airmen’s Memorial School has 435 pupils in grades three through eight and 16 teachers, including two who learned to read and write there.
“If I hadn’t been shot out of the sky, all this wouldn’t have happened,” mused the retired engineer.