• College/Year: ENG '50
  • Links to Oral History Sessions: Van Aken, Fred (July 25, 2000)
  • Conflict(s): World War II
  • Military Branch & Unit: Army
  • Theater(s): Pacific
  • US Army Other: 285th Field Artillery Observation; 447th Field Artillery Observation; Ninth Corps


Born into a German-Jewish family, Dr. Van Aken escaped Nazi Germany prior to the outbreak of war in Europe. He later entered the US Army and served with an artillery unit in Hawaii during World War II.