|Fred Watson’s parents were from Cynthiana, Kentucky however he was born in Cincinnati and attended Sherman Elementary School. He would later go to attend the University of Cincinnati (UC) where he would major in European History. He attended UC for 3 years before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. After basic training, he was assigned to Camp Pine Dale, California where he became a member of the Signal Corp. He would later be assigned to the Fort Thomas Signal Company in Missouri.
In 1945, after about a year of service in communications he was reassigned to the Tuskegee Army Airfield. He was attending single engine flying school when the war ended. Fred met his first wife, Elizabeth Baker, while attending class at Tuskegee. She was also employed on the base as a member of the civilian workforce assigned there. He completed 3 years of service before retuning to Cincinnati.
Fred was employed after the war by the United States Postal Service in Cincinnati where he spent 32 years. He was a long term postal supervisor prior to his retirement. He is a long term member of the Masonic Lodge and is a 33rd Degree Mason. He is the father of two children.