Robert Frederick Froehlke
|Robert Frederick Froehlke|
|Robert Frederick Froehlke|
|10th United States Secretary of the Army|
July 1971 – May 1973
|Preceded by||Stanley R. Resor|
|Succeeded by||Howard H. Callaway|
October 15, 1922 |
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Wisconsin Law School
|Occupation||military officer, government official, businessman, and lawyer|
Robert F. Froehlke was born in Neenah, Wisconsin on October 15, 1922. He graduated from high school in Marshfield, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin from 1940 to 1943. He left college in 1943 to join the United States Army for World War II, serving in Europe and attaining the rank of Captain before being discharged in 1946.
After the war Froehlke attended the University of Wisconsin Law School. He graduated in 1949 and practiced in Madison, Wisconsin with the firm of MacDonald and MacDonald. He also served as a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
In 1951 Froehlke joined the legal department of the Sentry Insurance Company, and he later became an executive with the company. A longtime friend of Melvin R. Laird, he managed Laird's congressional campaigns. When Laird became Secretary of Defense, Froehlke was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Administration. He served until 1971, and during his tenure he was assigned responsibility for all Department of Defense intelligence resources and was Chairman of the Defense Investigative Review Council.
Froehlke became Secretary of the Army in July 1971 and served until May 1973. Under his administration, the Army redeployed its last troops from from Vietnam, and converted from the draft to an all-volunteer force. In addition, the Army's administration of the Ryukyu Islands was ended, and U.S. biological warfare facilities were closed in order to comply with international treaties and conventions.
As Secretary of the Army, Froehlke was also responsible for the action changing from dishonorable to honorable the discharges of the African-American soldiers who had been falsely accused of crimes in the 1906 Brownsville Affair.
After resigning as Secretary of the Army Froehlke returned to Sentry, serving as the company's President. From 1975 to 1980 he was President of the Health Insurance Association of America, and from 1980 to 1982 he was President of the American Council of Life Insurance. He was Chairman of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States from 1982 to 1987, and President and Chief Executive Officer of the IDS Mutual Fund Group from 1987 to 1993.
In retirement Froehlke resided in Minneapolis, where he was active in raising funds for civic and charitable causes and donated to Republican candidates for office.
Stanley R. Resor
|United States Secretary of the Army
July 1971–May 1973
Howard H. Callaway
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