The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 113
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 113

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SUNDAY. MARCH 0, 2008 Worid ft Nfltton DAILY HERALD SECTION 1 PAGE 9 Debt: Japanese would have punished villagers Continued firm Page. 8 intelligence officers of headhunters in these highlands. Then, as they sang in an island tongue, he picked out the melody: "Onward, Christian Soldiers." He felt reassured. They took him downriver to their seaside village, Ea Ea, a place of grass-roofed lean-tos. They gave him a hut and fed him boiled pig, shellfish and taro, their starchy tuber mainstay. He went fishing with them in their canoes under cover of darkness, and began to learn Pidgin, the islanders' simple, English-based common language. In his tattered aviator's uniform, he joined in services each Sunday led by three Christian missionaries, natives who had fled New Britain's main town, Rabaul, when the Japanese landed 17 months earlier. Because enemy troops patrolled the beaches, Hargesheimer spent many clays in a hut hidden in a nearby swamp. But one day he was caught away from his hideout when an alarm went up that Japanese were approaching. Village friend Joseph Gabu led die American into the rain forest, sending him up a eucalyptus tree to hide. Through the night, he was tormented by swarms of mosquitoes, until finally the next day Gabu came for him. All was clear, but within weeks Hargesheimer was stricken with the severe chills and fever of mosquito-borne malaria. Villagers protected "Mastah Preddi" — Master Freddie — apparently because they hated the Japanese for their cruel treatment of natives. Time and again, the low echo of a conch shell blown by a villager would warn of Japanese. If Mastah Preddi wore his boots as he rushed to hide, children would follow with makeshift brooms, sweeping away his prints from the sand. The village took a great risk by protecting him from the Japanese, he says. "If they'd seen my boot prints, I think they would have tortured everyone in the village until they produced me." When he finally left, "some of them wanted me to take their children back to the States with me," he recalls, sitting so many years later in the afternoon light at his dining table, sharing indelible memories of human kindness. Fred Hargesheimer walked repeatedly through the 23rd Psalm's "valley of die shadow of death," always emerging safely with the help of the people of EaEa. 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In 1951, he took a sales job with a Minnesota forerunner of computer maker Sperry Rand, his employer ever after. But the people of Ea Ea never left his mind. He corresponded with a missionary to learn how they had fared. He studied and restudied international air schedules. "The more I thought about my experience with the people in New Guinea, the more I realized what a debt I had to try to repay," he says. In 1960, with the family vacation money and the family's blessing, Hargesheimer made a solitary, 11,000-mile journey back to New Britain, biggest outer island of Papua New Guinea, then Australian-run, now independent. The villagers, hearing Mastah Preddi was coming, lined the beach and sang "God Save the Queen" as he stepped from a boat in the moonlight. "It was wonderful, overwhelming," he says. He was met by Luluai Lauo, Joseph Gabu and others, and later found Ida, who had kept him alive with her mother's milk, and her 16-year-old son, to thank her, too. 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