(Look Back is an occasional series with content and images from the Atlantic County Historical Society.)
MEDIC! MEDIC! MEDIC!
That was the cry being heard all over the invasion beaches on June 6, 1944. Their cries for help were heard by Staff Sgt. Bernard I. Friedenberg of Atlantic City, who, without regard to his own safety, carried out five soldiers from a minefield and in doing so saved their lives. For this dedication to duty he was awarded the Silver Star and eventually went on to earn a second Silver Star for action in Germany. In addition to to the Silver Stars, Sgt Friedenberg was awarded two Bronze Stars for Valor and two Purple Hearts.
A web page njworldwar2hero.com for Freidenberg has been set up to raise funds to erect a life size statue of him to commemorate him and all other World War II veterans to be placed in Atlantic City.
Capt. Harry Singley Jr., of Ventnor, was killed in action on that infamous day while going to assist a fellow soldier who was injured. While doing so he was struck by an exploding shell. Singley was the head of the ob/gyn department at Atlantic City Hospital and felt it was his duty to volunteer, giving up a comfortable lifestyle.
1st Lt. David Rogers, also of Ventnor, was a paratrooper who participated in the D-Day invasion. He was captured by the Germans and did not survive. To honor him, he lay in state in Ventnor City Hall.
Freidenberg eventually, upon returning home, married Roger's sister, Phyliss.
Founded in 1913, the Atlantic County Historical Society has been preserving historical materials in its library and museum since. Every week, Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., it opens its doors to share these collections with anyone who is interested. The society building is at 907 Shore Road in Somers Point. More information is available at www.atlanticcountyhistoricalsocietynj.org and on Facebook, or by calling 609-927-5218.