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Fred Woods


Date and Place of Birth: December 20, 1892 Orange, MA
Date and Place of Death:    October 2, 1918 France
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: 12th Company, Third Motor Mechanics Regiment, US Army Air Service
Area Served: France

Frederic M. Woods, the son of Harry and Edith Woods, was born in Orange, Massachusetts on December 20, 1892. His father operated a farm in West Bridgewater, and Frederic was educated at Brockton High School, Passaic High School, Linsly Institute at Wheeling, West Virginia, and Rhode Island State College.

He had been a standout baseball and football player in high school, pitched for the South Congregational Church team and, before attending Rhode Island State College, pitched for the Brockton Shoemakers in the Class C Colonial League in 1914, where he was 7-11 in 22 appearances.

While still attending Rhode Island State in 1917, Woods enlisted in the Aviation Corps and was detailed to the Motor Mechanics Division. He was sent to Fort Slocum, New York, then to Camp Dix, New Jersey and Camp Hancock, Georgia, where he was made a sergeant. He was later transferred to Camp Greene, North Carolina, and Camp Upton, New York, from where he sailed overseas in July 1917 with 12th Company, Third Motor Mechanics Regiment.

In September 1919, Sergeant Woods was taken ill with pneumonia and died October 2, 1918 at Base Hospital 14, Third Air Instruction Center at Issoudun Aerodrome in Centre, France. He was buried in U.S. Cemetery No. 32.

Date Added: May 9, 2015


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