15th National Military Appreciation Month
In February 1942, as Japanese forces tightened their grip on the Philippines, MacArthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to relocate to Australia. On the night of 12 March 1942, MacArthur, and a select group, left Corregidor in four PT boats. MacArthur and his party reached Del Monte Airfield on Mindanao, where B-17s picked them up, and flew them to Australia. His famous speech, in which he said, “I came through and I shall return”, was first made at Terowie, a small town in South Australia, on 20 March. Washington asked MacArthur to amend his promise to “We shall return”. He ignored the request.
On October 20, 1944, a few hours after his troops landed, MacArthur waded ashore onto the Philippine island of Leyte. That day, he made a radio broadcast in which he declared, “People of the Philippines, I have returned!”
This is where our mention of Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers comes in. Fred Simon served in the 1st Cavalry out of Fort Riley, Kansas. Fort Riley is the home of the 1st Infantry Division home of The Big Red One. Fred Simon had the distinction of walking ashore with Gen. MacArthur upon the General’s return to the Philippines.
Freddy’s was founded by two brothers, Bill and Randy Simon, whose father, Freddy Simon, was the inspiration for the restaurant, and its namesake. The Simons partnered with Scott Redler to create a brand reminiscent of simpler times.
Members of Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge seek to honor those who fly the American flag 24 hours every day of the year. Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is a business that does just that. Below is photo of our Secretary, David Naccarato, PER, presenting a certificate of recognition to Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers located at 391 Hampshire Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA. The framed picture above the certificate is of Fred Simon.