Raised in West Philadelphia, he attended Overbrook High School and enlisted in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in 1940. He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program in 1942.
From July to November 1944, Friedman served as the co-pilot for the 466th Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Corp.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three oak clusters for combat duty.
Midway through his tour, Friedman was promoted from flight officer to second lieutenant. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement, attaining the rank of major.
Following his discharge from active duty, Friedman was a driver for the Philadelphia Yellow Cab Company, plant manager for Falco Aluminum Products; he retired as plant manager for Progressive Lighting.
Friedman is survived by sons David and Marc; brothers Milton and Yussel; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, the former Dorothy Mae Wales.