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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 1999
PAST SDSM& T PRESIDENT HARVEY FRASER
RECEIVES “ GENERAL PATTON AWARD”
Former South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) President Harvey R. Fraser, Ph. D., Brigadier General US Army Retired, has been selected as the recipient of the 1999 General Patton Award. This award is given annually to a person recognized for significant contributions to world peace.
Fraser was selected to receive the award for his leadership and bravery with the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion, United States Army, during critical battles to halt the German offensive in the Ardennes, during December 1944; and for his dedication to delivering a high quality of educational opportunities to students. Fraser was living right next to Wheeler Field when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; he served on the front lines in Brittany, at Saint Malo; and, as the commanding officer of the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion, he was again at the front during the attack in the Ardennes known as “ The Battle of the Bulge.” His battalion was attached to the Third Army on the race through Germany; and he worked for General Patton for five months after the war ended. Following his military career Fraser held positions at the United States Military Academy at West Point; the Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon; the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California; and at SDSM& T.
The General Patton Award will be presented to Fraser on November 13, 1999 during the 12th Annual Veterans Celebration held at the General Patton Memorial in Chiriaco Summit, California. Men and women who served under Patton’s command will be attending the Veterans Celebration. Invited guests include General Fraser; Members of the Polish Resistance Forces Veterans Association; Assemblyman Jim Battin; Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson; Mrs. Omar Bradley; and the Third Army co- sponsors of the November 11, 2000 Veterans Celebration at the General Patton Memorial Museum.
Past recipients of the General Patton Award include General Jimmy Doolittle, General Curtis LeMay, General Matthew Ridgewag, and President Jimmy Carter.
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