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Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr.

Death: Died
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Son of Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, Sr., U.S. Senator and Emily Macy Frelinghuysen
Husband of Emily Lawrance Frelinghuysen

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About Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr.,_Jr.

Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Jr. (August 11, 1912 – January 8, 2005) was the author of Passages to Freedom, about his escape from a prison camp in Italy during World War II.

Frelinghuysen was born in East Hampton, New York, the son of Joseph Sherman Frelinghuysen, Sr., a New Jersey state senator and later U.S. senator. He graduated from Princeton University in 1934. During World War II, he served as an artillery captain in the First Infantry Division in North Africa where he was captured on November 23, 1942 by German troops and taken to a prison camp in Italy. He and another American POW escaped on September 23, 1943 and rejoined allied forces.

After the war, Frelinghuysen worked in insurance and later managed the family dairy business in Somerville, New Jersey. At the end of his life, he was living in Far Hills, New Jersey and died of pneumonia in Morristown.

OBITUARY: FRELINGHUYSEN Joseph Sherman. Died peacefully on January 8, 2005, at age 92; sixteen days after his late wife of 67 years, Emily Lawrance Frelinghuysen. He is survived by his four children, Margaret F. Kurzman, Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr., Susan F. van Roijen, Barbara F. Israel, ten grandchildren, John, Joy, Nicholas, Katherine, David, Victoria, Valaer, Peter, Emily and Wendy and seven greatgrandchildren. He was the brother of Emily F. MacFarland and the late Victoria F. Bates. His mother was Emily B. Frelinghuysen and his father was US Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen. He graduated from the Groton School and Princeton University, Class of 1934. During World War II he served as commanding officer of a US Army Field Artillery Battery in North Africa. He was taken prisoner of war during a night reconnaissance mission and after 10 months escaped from a German prison camp in Italy. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in 1943. He is the author of Passages to Freedom (1990) the story of his capture and escape and the co-author of Keep Your Heart Running (1976) with Paul J. Kiell, M.D. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 15th, at St. John on-the-Mountain Church, Bernardsville, NJ. - See more at:


Margaret F. Kurzman, Joseph S. Frelinghuysen Jr. (3rd ?) , Susan F. van Roijen, Barbara F. Israel

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Age 93