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Catalog Number 2015.027.0011
Object Name Photograph
Title WWII Memorial Portrait
Description World War II honor portrait of veteran Gaylord W. Fraser, former student of The State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Home: Black River, NY
Class: 1936
Service: US Infantry
Decoration: Silver Star for "bravery and devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety at the Abucay battle position on the night of January 15, 1942."
Sketch: Major Fraser entered the Army directly on graduation from the NYS College of Forestry with a reserve officer's commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He elected to accept assignment to Fort Hamilton, NY for one year's active service under the provisions of the Tomlinson Act. In June 1937 he was one of a group of fifty chosen from more than a thousand candidates for appointment to a permanent commission, standing 19th in the group. He was assigned to Philippine Service December 1939. Major Fraser was killed in action on Bataan, February 26, 1942.

Major Fraser was the first graduate and alummus of the College of Forestry and of Syracuse University to be killed in WWII as a result of enemy action.
Collection WWII Memorial Portraits Collection
Search Terms WWII Memorial Portraits
People Fraser, Gaylord W.