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Francis E. Bechtold
Navy
Francis
E.
Bechtold
DIVISION: Navy,
USS ABSD-4
Apr 9, 1923 - Sep 26, 2011
BIRTHPLACE: Gaylord, Kansas
HIGHEST RANK: Shipfitter Second Class
SERVED: Feb 16, 1943 -
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Feb 23, 1946
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HONORED BY: The Bechtold and the Winters families

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Francis Bechtold was a very strong man. He loved his family, farm and country. He was very honored to serve his country. He loved to tell stories of all his war experiences.

Frank J. Beck
Army Air Corps
Frank
J.
Beck
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
458 Bomb Group
BIRTHPLACE: West Bend, WI
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Son, Michael J. Beck

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Frank Beck went on with his career in the Air Force. He was a Command Pilot on a B-52. He retired as a Major in 1966. He flew 30 missions over Germany as a pilot of a B-24.

Koath E. Beichley
Army
Koath
E.
Beichley
DIVISION: Army
Dec 19, 1917 - May 17, 1985
BIRTHPLACE: Ada, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 12, 1942 -
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Sep 12, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Aline; Son, Duane; sister, Evelyn

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Lt. Koath Beichley fought in Tunisia, Sicily, and France as a Platoon leader and Tank Commander for the US Army 67th Armored Regiment. During his career, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart. His Silver Star was given for gallantry in action. On July 12, 1943, northeast of Sicily, Lt. Beichley was in the leading tank of a detachment of his company. Four tanks of the detachment were destroyed by 88mm gun fire and the gun sights of his own tank shot out. Lt. Beichley after getting his tank in defilade, made a foot reconnaissance and discovered six German Tiger tanks approaching the flank and rear of his companies and the infantry position. He led his tank into position and directed fire on the German vehicles until his gun went out of action. This action was reported to account for three Tiger Tanks and two other vehicles destroyed. He was under continuous artillery fire during this engagement. This action also resulted in a field promotion from 2nd Lt. to 1st Lt by Commander General Patton. His Bronze Star and Purple Heart were given during the invasion at Normandy. On June 11, 1944, while engaged in transporting combat troops and tanks to assault beachhead in Normandy, France, struck one of the mines of the enemy beachhead defense approximately 7 miles off the French coast from Vierville, France. First Lt. Beichley, although dazed by the concussion of the explosion, organized evacuation teams from the unwounded personnel and directed the evacuation of wounded and unwounded from the sinking ship. After the word had been given to evacuate ship, he left the vessel only after he had personally made a complete search to determine that no wounded soldiers had been overlooked. The Purple Heart was given because of the concussion and injuries sustained from the blast. After the war, Loath returned to Kansas and began a career working with the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, where he worked for over 30 years until his retirement. He died on May 17, 1985.

Frank W. Benteman
Army
Frank
W.
Benteman
DIVISION: Army,
79th Infantry, 2nd Battalion
May 26, 1926 - Dec 20, 2020
BIRTHPLACE: Frankfort, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 1, 1944 -
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Frank served in the US Army, 79th Infantry, 2nd Battalion. After the war, Frank petitioned the state to recognize the lives lost during World War II from Frankfort, Kansas. In 2006, after several years of Frank's persistence, highway K-99 was renamed Frankfort Boys World War II Memorial Highway.

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John W. Bergman
Army
John
W.
Bergman
DIVISION: Army,
32nd Division-128th Regiment-Company K
BIRTHPLACE: Beaver, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Oct 13, 1944 -
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Dec 9, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughters Janette Doyle and Judy Wagoner and Grandchildren

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John was drafted into the Army on October 13, 1944. He was sent to Camp Fannin, Tyler Texas for Basic Infantry Training. From Tyler, Texas, he was stationed at Fort Ord in California. John was then shipped to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was assigned to the 32nd Division, 128th Infantry Regiment, Company K. While in the 128th Infantry Division he was stationed in the Philippines. While in the Philippines John endured leech infested waters, suffered malaria and was also wounded, thus receiving his Purple Heart. He served as a Company K Sergeant. In the fall of 1945 he was sent from the Philippines to Japan for Occupational Duty. John's regiment was one of the first to land in Japan. He recalls riding the Troop Train through the war-torn cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Besides the Purple Heart, he received the following awards: Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Situation Medal, and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon. John was discharged from the Army in December 1946. After the service, John returned to Kansas to follow in his father's footsteps and became a Santa Fe Depot Agent, a job from which he held for many years and then retired.

Theodore 'Ted' G. Bergmann
Army
Theodore 'Ted'
G.
Bergmann
DIVISION: Army,
SHAEF
Sep 12, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Brooklyn, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 10, 1942 -
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Apr 1, 1953
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HONORED BY: Theodore Bergmann

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Photo is in the War Room in Reims, France on May 7, 1945, immediately following the signing of the unconditional surrender by the Germans. Captain Ted Bergmann records the event for U.S. radio.

William H. Bernard
Army
William
H.
Bernard
DIVISION: Army,
603rd Tank Co.
Jun 18, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Geuda Springs, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Apr 8, 1942 -
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Oct 20, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Dorothy Bernard and children

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The 603rd Tank Co. made 11 D-Day landings on various islands in the Pacific. We first trained in Australia and were among the troops who first occupied Japan.

Ardon Reginald Berquist
Army
Ardon Reginald
Berquist
DIVISION: Army,
40th Chemical Lab Company
Feb 3, 1919 - Dec 23, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Lindsborg, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Corporal
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 28, 1942 -
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Jan 5, 1946
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HONORED BY: Craig Berquist, son
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The mission of Ike's Soldiers is to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower's legacy through the personal accounts of the soldiers he led and share them with the world.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945