Harlen Frederick



The West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Association inducted Harlen Frederick of Fairmont as the first West Virginia CCC Museum Association Hall of Fame Inductee.  The June 2010 dinner-meeting was held at the Three Ways Inn meeting room, Fairmont. CCC Honoree Frederick was born in Rivesville, Marion County, on August 17, 1921. He is the founder of Frederick Repair Services of Fairmont which he started in 1946 and retired from in 1979.  He served in the CCC during 1940-41 where he was assigned to Logandale CCC Camp Number 1530.

Frederick served with honor and valor in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 during WWII in the African, Italian, Sicily, and Salerno battle campaigns.  Harlen commented on his experiences in the CCC camp in Nevada. "I learned discipline and respect which has stayed with me my whole life. In Logandale (Nevada) I operated a bull dozer on the "Big Ditch Project" which sent water from the Colorado River to the big cities in California. I learned to operate heavy machinery and repair them in the CCC.  I had many interesting experiences cutting fire trails in the Charleston Mountains. It was the experience of a lifetime. I have worked to preserve the outstanding legacy of the CCC for many years. I am deeply honored as the first WVCCCMA Hall of Fame Inductee.