Fremont Gruss, Minnesota WWII Veteran

Fremont Gruss has more drive, determination, and smarts than most men half his age. He is definitely not someone you’d want to get into an argument with. He will convince you to see his side of the story every time, and he is one of the sweetest and most-helpful people around.

Fremont is an 84 year-old WWII veteran who is also the historian of American Legion Post 259 from Excelsior, Minnesota.

As part of his position, Fremont made arrangements for the veterans in his post to have transportation and assistance to attend the World War II Memorial Dedication held in St. Paul, Minnesota in June 2007.

Fremont realized that most of the veterans did not have their stories recorded for posterity. Ken Burns was working on his huge television project, but Fremont knew that these men had stories that were just as important.

He made arrangements to have twenty-seven men meet and be recorded. Two dates were chosen, August 23, 2007 and March 20, 2008.

Since the recordings, two of the men have already passed away. Thanks to Fremont Gruss, these men were able to leave a legacy for their families and our country.

“Before We Go,” the seven-volume video set is available for order through Digital Teardrops for $15 per video or $70 for the entire set.


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