Bauer, Hometown Hero

When: 04/27/2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Westhampton Free Library will honor Frederick Bauer as its April Hometown Hero on April 27 at 10 AM at the Westhampton Beach Firehouse.

Bauer, who graduated from Westhampton Beach High School in 1977, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after graduating in 1981 from the Florida Institute of Technology, where he had participated in the ROTC program. Bauer was deployed in California, where he was trained in mountain, desert, and amphibious warfare. He was later deployed to Okinawa and trained in the Philippines.

He later joined the Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to the public affairs unit, where he participated in a number of active-duty tours with U.S. Central Command and the Pentagon and was part of Exercise Team Spirit in South Korea.

He married his wife G. Terrie Hentschel in 1987. With his wife and her brother-in-law, he purchased the Hentschel Insurance Agency from his wife’s parents, which the couple still owns today.

Bauer later joined the 106th Rescue Wing in Westhampton Beach as the public affairs officer, attending the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana.

Bauer left the guard in 1992, but is a member of the Kiwanis Club and American Legion. He is also a 30-year member of the Westhampton Beach Fire Department, for which he has served as a public affairs officer, interior firefighter, driver, and member of the dive team, as well as a commissioner with the Westhampton Beach Fire District.

He has two daughters. Brittany is a teacher and married to Sam Howerton, who is on active duty with the U.S. Navy in the submarine service. They have two children, Carter and Delaney. His younger daughter, Lauren, will soon be graduating summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary.