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Van Vechten, Frederick

Frederick Van Vechten U.S. Navy WWII
Frederick Van Vechten U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 5/4/1916
Died On: 1/8/1991
Street Address: 50 Central Ave.
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy-WWII

Veteran Code: USN-282

Frederick Van Vechten was born in New York in 1916. In Rye his family lived at 50 Central Ave. and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Frederick served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Van Vechten Praises Service Lieut. Frederick Van Vechten spoke briefly and praised the Red Cross with which he came in contact many times during his eleven months overseas as commanding officer of an LCI infantry landing craft . We sailed on March 1 of last year to land men on D-Day, June 6, and the wait was long and telling. England is a nice country and we enjoyed it, but it was not home. This is where the Red Cross was used to capacity. Even when we returned home, not ten feet from the dock was a Red Cross welcoming stand. The Red Cross means a lot to me, he said. PAGE TWO T H E RYE CHRONICLE Friday, March 2, 1945

Frederick Rust Van Vechten Jr., a partner in the Manhattan law firm of Webster & Sheffield who specialized in trusts and estates, died at St. Luke's Hospital on Monday. He was 74 years old and lived in Rye, N.Y.

He died of a heart attack after cardiac surgery, said a colleague, John V. Lindsay, the former New York City Mayor.

Mr. Van Vechten, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, joined the firm in 1941 and was named a partner in 1961. In World War II, Mr. Van Vechten, a Navy officer, commanded a landing craft and participated in the invasion of Normandy.

He was a former president of the Rye Y.M.C.A. and a trustee of the Rye Historical Society.

He is survived by two sisters, Margaret Van Vechten of Rye and Katharine Myers of Norwich, Vt.
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