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Guide to the Roy R. Fredrickson Papers, 1916-1980 MSS 003

Guide to the Roy R. Fredrickson Papers, 1916-1980

MSS 003

Summary Information

The Roy R. Fredrickson papers include biographical information, information on the Mexican Border War of 1916, and papers dealing with recognition for Mexican Border Veterans and with the Mexican Border Veterans, Inc.
Collection Title
Roy R. Fredrickson Papers
Date of Materials
Fredrickson, Roy R., 1898-1994
Call Number
MSS 003
0.2 cubic feet
Physical Description
1 archives half box
Language of Materials
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Roy R. Fredrickson Papers, MSS 003, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Biographical Note

Roy R. Fredrickson was born in La Crosse on November 22, 1898. In 1916 he enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard Company B 3rd Wisconsin Infantry. President Woodrow Wilson had just called and federalized the National Guard of several states on June 16, 1916 to protect United States citizens from a hostile Mexican army along the Texas border. U.S. Army Intelligence also charged German and Austrian agents with Encouraging Mexican hostilities and invasion of the United States to help the German war effort.

Fredrickson was among 218 officers and men who volunteered from La Crosse and served until December 14, 1916. Many, including Roy R. Fredrickson, were among the first enlistees sent to France in World War 1 because if their training in the Mexican Border conflict.

In 1952 Roy Fredrickson helped organize Badger Patrol #52, La Crosse and served as its commander until the organization disbanded in 1975. During that time he was also active in the national organization, Mexican Border Veterans, Inc., serving as its commander 1956-1957. He worked for many years to get state and national recognition of the Mexican Border War as a legitimate war so its veterans could qualify for federal veterans benefits. Fredrickson died in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Aug. 19, 1994.

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Scope and Contents

This file consists of news clippings, letters, memos, photographs, speeches, and such artifacts as posters, membership cards, awards, stickers, convention programs, and pamphlets. Folder 1 contains autobiographical and biographical information dealing with Fredrickson's service in the Mexican Border War and the Mexican Border Veterans, Inc. Folder 2 contains material dealing with the Mexican Border War 1916. Folder 3 contains a record of the efforts for recognition of Mexican Border War veterans as legitimate U.S. veterans. Folder 4 deals with Roy R. Fredrickson's activities with Mexican Border War Veterans, Inc.

These folders represent only a small sample of material collected by Roy Fredrickson as he donated the majority of his collection to the Wisconsin Historical Society and more material of Roy R. Fredrickson is available at the Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives 1989 May

800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
(608) 789-7136

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Roy R. Fredrickson, Sept. 1981. (Accession No. 1981.001)

Processing Information

Processed by Nancy Steinhoff, May 1989.

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Related Materials

Related material in the La Crosse Public Library Archives

(Clipping file)
 Biography--Fredrickson, Roy
(Clipping file)
 War--Mexican Border War
(973.913 T349w)
 Thisted, Moses. With the Wisconsin National Guard on the Mexican Border in 1916-1917

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Mexican Border Veterans, Inc.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States--History--1913-1921

Personal Name(s)

  • Fredrickson, Roy R., 1898-1994


  • Mexican Border War, 1916
  • Veterans--Wisconsin--La Crosse

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OCLC Number


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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Biographical, undated 

1 1

Mexican Border War, 1916 

1 2

Recognition for Mexican Border War veterans, undated 

1 3

Mexican Border Veterans, Inc., undated 

1 4