April 15, 2016

Manchin Statement on the Passing of West Virginian Frederick Mayer

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today issued a statement on the passing of Frederick Mayer, a Charles Town resident and World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army and helped organize the resistance in Austria.

“Gayle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Fredrick Mayer, a true American hero and an emblem of courage. When the Nazis came to power, Mr. Mayer and his family fled to the United States. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the Army. Due to his bravery and knowledge of the German language he was recruited to the Office of Strategic Services. While deployed, he posed as a German officer behind the enemy lines.  

“When he was later captured, he exemplified what it is to be a true American hero. Mr. Mayer refused to give up sensitive information and instead convinced his captors to arrange a meeting with senior Nazi leaders. The subsequent meeting led to the surrender of a key Austrian post. His valor is an example to all who serve. Gayle and I join all West Virginians in keeping Mr. Mayer’s entire family in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.”