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Greatest Generation: Fred Muse

Making the most of the G.I. bill defined this hero's life.


Fred Muse

Powell Senior Living Powell, Ohio


Fred Muse was born on July 23, 1929, and was raised in Dresden, Ohio. He married his high school sweetheart in 1948.

Fred worked as a salesman for a wholesale company until he received his draft notice. He was one of the first to be drafted as a “married with no children.” He reported to Breckenridge, Kentucky, 101st Airborne Division. 

After training, he was deployed to Korea for three months. When the ceasefire came, he was sent to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, where he managed the Officers’ Club until his service commitment was fulfilled.

Fred returned to Ohio and went back to work for the wholesale company. At the time, there were no laws in place to protect soldiers’ jobs, so he was hired back into a lesser position. While traveling for business, he stopped in Columbus, Ohio, to get a haircut. The owner of the shop — a friend — offered him a position as a barber. Fred and a buddy from Dresden, went to Toledo, Ohio, to barber school on the G.I. Bill. He returned to Dresden and operated several shops over the course of a 50-year career. 

He laughs when he says, “It was a good living, except of course, when the Beatles came to America, and the barber business took a hit.” Fred worked for a few years at Owens Corning during that time, until the long hair phase went out.

Fred is the proud father of two daughters, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.