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Earlier this year, Sandra Brugess (Fritz’s great-niece) and her two sons presented to the University of Washington’s Special Collections Library two scrapbooks filled with newspaper clippings and photographs of his football career with the University of Washington and his military service. Their visit included a tour of the old CCC camp that bears her great-uncle’s name.


Fritz Waskowitz, the namesake of Camp Waskowitz – Highline Public School’s Environmental Education facility – will be honored as the ‘HUSKY LEGEND’ at the upcoming University of Washington vs Utah football game on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Carolyn Kach, Assistant Director of the Big W Club and Brand Development explains:

“Husky Legends are extraordinary individuals who have made an impact on the Husky Football program and its legacy. This prestigious honor is given to the finest, most-decorated Football student-athletes who have worn the purple and gold.”

Even more special is that this game is the annual Salute to Service game honoring those in the community who have served in the armed forces. Fritz Waskowitz was the Husky team captain for the 1936-37 season, leading their winning bid for the Poi Bowl against Hawaii. Following his football career with the UW, Fritz enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was seriously burned while stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on November 7, 1941. After recovering from these injuries, Fritz became one of Washington’s first casualties in World War II.
According to a 1993, local news article:

“Lt. Waskowitz is said to have crashed his damaged bomber into a Japanese cruiser, making him – an American – the first kamikaze pilot of the war.”

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