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BEECHER, Harris Melvin

Servicenumber: 37330957

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Age: 24
Born: 16 August 1920, Aitkin, Aitkin County, Minnesota
Hometown: Denver County, Colorado
Family: Harry C. Beecher (father)
Martha (Osterheim) Beecher (mother)
Marion Beecher (sister)
Harriet Beecher (sister)
Lenore Beecher (sister)
Charlotte Beecher (sister)
Dafney Beecher (sister)
Wanda Beecher (sister)
Milton Beecher (brother)
Edna (Ash) Beecher (wife)
Rank: Technician Fourth Class
Function: Radio operator and Driver
Regiment: -
Battalion: -
Division – Transport: 54th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade
Company – Squadron: Headquarters Battery
Unit – Group: -
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Date of death: 8 April 1945
Status: DNB
Place of death: Near Corbion, Province of Namur, Belgium
Spot: Not available
Awards: -
Gravenumber: Plot D, Row 31, Grave 15
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Ardennes
Other information: Harris Beecher left home before his 19th birthday and wandered to Denver County, Colorado. Prior to entering service in August 1942, he was employed in Denver and had been away from home three years. He received his military training at Camp Tyler, Texas; Camp Davis, North Carolina and Camp Haan, California. He was married to Edna Ash on April 9th, 1943, at Denver, Colo., leaving soon after for overseas.

He died at 2:00 p.m. on April 8, 1945 in Belgium, in the region of a little village called Corbion in the province of Namen. Harris was driving a truck, most likely between the villages of Corbion and Leignon. The truck skidded and hit a high bank which made the vehicle turn over. Harris was pinned beneath the vehicle. Death was instantaneous.

His comrades that were driving in front of him hurried to help him from under the truck. Within five minutes a medic arrived to take care of him, but there was nothing he could do anymore. Harris was taken to hospital but there he was declared dead.

Source of information: Raf Dyckmans, Peter Schouteten, Klassikat, Nick Lieten,, - 1930 Census / Minnesota Birth Index, - Newspaper article 

Photo source: Peter Schouteten, Nick Lieten -


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