Taps, Present Arms
Colonel Frederick J. Keifer,
U.S. Army, Retired, 81, passed
on June 28, 2001 in
LTC Keifer, a
graduate of the United States Military Academy, served as an Infantry
Officer in World
and Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple
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.
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.
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.
retirement Fred continued
to serve as a NRA referee and UIT jury member for International
inducted into the USAMU Support Hall of Fame in 1993.
Highlights of LTC
1952 - U.S.
Army Infantry Center Pistol Champion
the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge
Officer-In-Charge of the U.S. Army Pistol Team
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
Operations Coordinator, IV Championship of the Americas