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‘I’m so grateful for getting shot out of the sky’

by Pat Coate | March 16, 2008
"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."
- Fred Hargesheimer, grateful, rescued, now-philanthropist

Bialla, Papua New Guinea - The Japanese fighter caught the American pilot from behind, riddling his plane with machine-gun rounds. The left engine burst into flames. It was time to bail out.

Hargesheimer's two schools had an enrollment of some 500, and a list of well-educated alumni numbering many hundreds more, including Garua Peni ... She had an advanced degree in linguistics in Australia and now was taking over Hargesheimer's New Guinea foundation as chairperson.

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