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Frederick J. Keifer

Lieutenant Colonel Frederick J. Keifer, U.S. Army, Retired, 81, passed on June 28, 2001 in Martinez, Georgia.

LTC Keifer, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, served as an Infantry Officer in World War II, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam War.  He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and  Bronze Star Medal for heroic action in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

He began his competitive shooting career in 1940 as a member of the United States Military Academy Pistol Team.  He shot on U.S. Constabulary Pistol Teams in Germany from 1947 to 1949 and "All Army" Pistol Teams in 1949 and 1950.

After returning from Korea in 1951, he was assigned to the Infantry School as an instructor in the Weapons Department.  Between 1951 and 1955, he was selected as a member of the U.S. Army Pistol Team to compete at the National Matches. He was awarded the U. S. Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1954.

From 1956 to 1959, he was assigned to the 7th Army NCO Academy as an Instructor and Student Director.  During this time he fired as a member of the first Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Pistol Team in Athens, Greece, and the third CISM Team in Oslo, Norway.  Since 1959 he was a Team Manager for nine other U.S. Armed Forces CISM Shooting Teams and was the Technical Advisor for four CISM Shooting Championships hosted by the United States.

LTC Keifer retired from the Army in 1965.  In 1966 he assumed the duties of USAMU International Coordinator where he organized travel and competitions for both United States and foreign teams.  He retired as USAMU International Coordinator in 1990 after 24-1/2 years service with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and 51 years of military and civilian service to the United States Army and the United States.

After retirement Fred continued to serve as a NRA referee and UIT jury member for International Shooting competitions.

Fred was inducted into the USAMU Support Hall of Fame in 1993.

Career Highlights of LTC Keifer

1952 - U.S. Army Infantry Center Pistol Champion

1954 - Earned the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge

1963 - Officer-In-Charge of the U.S. Army Pistol Team

1964 - USAMU Executive Officer

1964 - U.S. Olympic Shooting Team Manager

1965 - Chief of USAMU Competitive Division

1966 to 1990 - U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit International Coordinator

1967 - Pan American Shooting Team Manager

1982 - World Shooting Team Manager

1983 - World Air Gun Shooting Team Manager

1984 - Chief Pit Officer, 50-Meter Shooting Range, Olympic Games

1985 - Operations Coordinator, IV Championship of the Americas

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