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World War II german veteran

‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93; WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Opi’ Schoellhammer, 93;

WWII Veteran, Former Milford Mayor’s Dad

Gerhard Schoellhammer

MILFORD – Gerhard Hans Schoellhammer, more commonly known in his silver years as “Opi,” turned the final page in his epic journey on Oct. 4, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Opi was born in Germany in 1926 and lived many lives, which when weaved together tell a remarkable and unbelievable story of bravery, resilience and the power of destiny.

He was a German paratrooper in World War II, an escaped prisoner of war, an optometrist, an immigrant to America, and the founder of a successful optical shop which is still open for business today.

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