"Appointment of Brig. Gen. W. Fritz Breidster, 56, of 1801 E. Fox lane, Fox Point, as commanding general of Wisconsin's 32nd infantry division of the national guard was announced Wednesday by Gov. Kohler... Gen. Breidster will take over Monday as division commander. He has been artillery commander of the 32nd division since it was reorganized as an exclusively Wisconsin division after WWII.
"A manufacturer's representative in civilian life, he has a long record of military service. Gen Breidster was born in Milwaukee and attended Riverside High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin for one year before his appointment in 1919 to the united States military academy at West Point.
"At the academy he was an all-American football guard in 1921 and 1922. In his senior year he was 1st captain of the swimming and football teams. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was superintendent of the academy at that time.
"Breidster was graduated and commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in 1923. He served for five years in the regular army, then resigned his army commission to enter private business. At the same time, he accepted a commission as captain of artillery in the Wisconsin national guard. During World War II he commanded five battalions of artillery, then was sent to India to serve as chief of staff to Lt. Gen Joseph W. Stilwell, Lt. Gen Daniel I. Sultan and Lt. Gen Raymond A. Wheeler." Excerpted from Milwaukee paper, 9/56, "32nd Division Chief Retires"