Frederick O. Scheer grew up as the second of four children and the firstborn son of the only Jewish family in Eatonton, Georgia. In 1942, as a freshman at the University of Georgia, he joined the enlisted reserves of the U.S. Army and was called to active duty in the spring of 1943.
Over the years, Fred has enjoyed speaking to Kiwanis Clubs and other groups where, even today, he is asked predominantly questions about his war experience. Based on this discovery, he began to search out other ex-POWs and gather their stories as well.
Fred returned to UGA after the war and in 1947 married Gerry Kessler. The couple eventually settled in Atlanta, where they raised their three children. Now retired from a successful career in commercial real estate, he and Gerry—his wife of now 63 years—live in Atlanta.