The Beacon Historical Society wishes to remember and pay honor to all those men and women, who have served, are serving and will be serving our country in all the branches of the United States military. We especially honor those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the call of duty for freedom with their lives. May God Bless you all and keep watch over you. The following soldiers were either killed in action, or died from wounds received in battle, or succumbed to illnesses related to their service."
Research Compiled and Photo Restorations done by Beacon Historical Trustee Robert Wm. Phillips and Member Rose Quirk.
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Beacon's KIA War Memorial
Dedicated on Veteran's Day 11/11/1989
World War I - 1914-1918
John J. Bump – Died on 10/20/1918 at age 24 in the St. Sulpice Battle, France, was a 1st Corporal in
Co. L of the 107th Regiment, 27th Div. The last person to be killed of Company L of Newburgh, in the World War. He died while making a courageous attempt to aid a comrade. He was hit by shrapnel; he is buried at St.Luke’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
Frank Cramade – KIA
Herman G. Deicke – Died in the Argonne Forest and is buried at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY. Was a Private in the Headquarters Company of the 305th Inf. 77th Div. A German Shell burst right in the midst of the little rescue group. The wounded man that he was trying to save voluntarily died instantly. All three of the rescue party were seriously wounded-- Deicke mortally and died shortly after. A true American Hero that gave his life willingly to save a comrade.
George H. Deveson – Died on 9/20/1918 at age 27 in France was a Private in Co. E National Guard. He was noted as the first Beacon boy killed in action from Company E. of Newburgh, NY. Worked at Dutchess Hat Works.
Frank D. Fairclough – Died on 6/06/1918, Private in Marine Corps. Buried in Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France. Born in Newburgh 1/4/1900. Joined Marine Corps immediately after declaration of war in April, 1917. Assigned to 49th Co., Fifth Regiment. Had been in Home for Friendless for several years.
Frederick A. Garrison – Enlisted on 6/4/1917 and died on 9/29/1918 at age 24, in the Argonne Forest from a bursting shell on the battlefield. Private in Army of Co. L, 107th Regiment 27th Div., Buried in Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France. Employed at Weston Transfer Co. Member of Beacon Engine Co. Was a motorman on the trolleys of the Citizens’ Street Railway Company in Beacon.
Frederick Harris – KIA
Austin Robinson – Enlisted on 10/8/1917 on October 8th. He was sent to Camp Upton, Long Island. Died on 9/25/1918 in Thibach at age 31 (born in 1888) from afflicted shell wounds during battle. Was made Corporal on 2/11/1918 in the Army of the 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Div. Buried in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.
George Stafford – Died on 10/25/1918 at age 29. A member of the 26th Company and was a Private and Machinist stationed at Fort Slocum where he contracted influenza and died never to see battle. He is buried at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
James J. Tomlins – Died on 10/05/1918 at age 29. He was a Private attached to the 308th Infantry, 3rd Battalion, Co.K. He died from wounds received on the battlefield in France.
Frank H VanHouten Jr. – Died on 10/09/1918 at Fort Abam in RI while waiting to embark for France and was suddenly stricken with Spanish Influenza and passed away at the hospital there. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Army, 20th Field Artillery Brigade and is buried in Lake Worth, Florida.
William B.Wilson – Died on 8/19/1918 at age 24, a Private attached to Co.L, First Regiment. Transferred to Co. L, 107th in Spartanburgh. Killed on the battlefield in France and lies buried in French soil at Dickey-Bush in Belguim. Wilson was the first Beacon soldier killed in action in France. Was a member of Mase Hook and Ladder Company.
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World War II - 1939--1945
Arthur J. Baxter – MIA on 2/01/1943 at age 21 in the sinking of the Destroyer DeHaven off Savo Island. Was a Fireman 1st Class in the Navy. Buried at Manila American cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
John H. Beattie – Died on 5/12/1944 in Italy. Was a Pfc. in the Army
Robert A. Bennett – Killed on 12/16/1944. Was a Pvt. in the Army with the 593rd Signal Air Warning Battalion. Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold (Moselle) France.
Luigi F. Bettina – Died on 7/27/1945. Was a S-Sgt. in the Army Air Forces with the 772nd Bomber Squadron, 417th Bomber Group. Buried at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
William J. Brennan – Died on 9/25/1941 in an accident in Scotland. Was a Private 1st Class in the Army.
John W. Briggs – Died on 2/24/1944 over Germany. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Army Air Forces with the 364th Bomber Squadron, 305th Bomber Group, Heavy. Is Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold (Moselle), France. Worked at Texaco. Graduated Beacon High School in 1939
Frederick H. Brewer – Died on 3/13/1944 during a bombing raid on Germany. Was a T-Sgt. in the Army Air Forces.
Thomas B. Carrol – Died on 2/19/1944 in the invasion of Eniwetok Island. Was a S-Sgt. in the Army serving with the 106th Infantry, 27th Div.
Calvin Clensay – Died on 11/24/1943 at sea. Seaman Gunner’s mate in the Navy. He is memorialized at East Coast Memorial in New York, NY.
John Collins – KIA was a TEC5 in the Army.
Nicholas T. Coppola – Died on 3/19/1943 in European area. Was a Technician 5th Class in the Army with the 342nd Engineer General Service Regiment. Is buried at Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England.
Raymond W. Detweiler – Died on 3/23/1945 in the English Channel. Was an S-Sgt. in the Army Air Corps, an engineer-gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress.
Andrew B. Eichorn – Died 8/1944 at Biak Island in the South Pacific of scrub typhus was a 2nd Lt. in the Army.
George J. Eichorn – Died on 6/18/1944 in France in the 1st wave of the invaders. Was a PFC in the Army.
Paul L. Facteau – Died on 3/23/1945 in England. Was a 1st Lt. in the Army Air Corps a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress.
Robert M. Faris – Died on 12/31/1942 lost in an airplane accident in Australia. Was a Capt. in the Army Air Corps.
Ralph L. Fleming – Died on 2/02/1944 in Italy. Was a Private in the Army with the 15th Infantry Regiment. 3rd Infantry Division. Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.
David Fontaine – Died on 1/03/1946, was a Pharmacist’s Mate 1st Class in the Navy, is buried at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
George P. Frederick – KIA
Saul Gerlich – KIA was a Pvt. in the Army.
Alexander J. Grudzina – Died on 4/27/1945 in Okinawa, Was a veteran of five campaigns as a T Sgt. in the Army with the 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Div., Buried at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, HI.
Michael J. Groza – Died on 6/12/1945 in Zahlbach, Germany was a Pvt. paratrooper in an Army Airborne Div.
Joseph Halbosky – Died on 1/14/1943 after a brief illness at Camp Croft S.C., was a Pvt. in the Army, Is buried at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
Gordon E. Hughes – Died on 11/30/1944 at age 20, died in a railroad accident at the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad switch line. Was a seaman in the Navy.
Henry I. Idema – Died on 9/16/1943 when his plane was shot down by the Japanese in the China-India Region, Was a 1st Lt in the Army Air Forces with the 3rd Squadron, 1st Transport Group, a pilot of a transport plane carrying supplies from India into China, Is buried at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, HI.
Edwin J. Johnson – Died on 11/27/1944 just two days after his 20th birthday in France, was a Pvt. 1st Class in the Army.
John Keto – KIA was in the Army Air Forces
Albert A. Knight – Died on 1/2/1944 in Letterman General Hospital, CA. due to dengue fever, Was a Sgt. in the Army Air Forces with the air force photo squadron and is buried at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
Orville Kranz – KIA was a Pvt. in the Army.
Ernest H. LaChance –Died on 8/27/1944 in France was a Pvt. in the Army serving with a reconnaissance armored division.
George LaChance – Died on 8/28/1944 in France was a Staff Sgt. in the Army, He died a day after his brother Ernest
Arnold E. Lasko – Died 6/1944 was a Cpl. in the Army and was missing since the fall of the Corregidor to the Japanese on 5/07/1942.
Robinson C. Lent – Died 6/1944 in Italy was a Pvt. in the Army fighting with the Custer Div.
Walter M. Lewis – Died on 3/13/1945 was a Pvt. 1st Class in the Army, Infantry and is buried at Brittany American Cemetery in St. James (Manche), France.
Judah H. Lewittes – Died on 5/09/1945 was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Air Forces, a member of the 497th Bomber Squadron, 344th Bomber Group, Medium. And is buried at Epinal American Cemetery in Epinal (Vosges), France.
James E. Lockwood – Died on 10/23/1944, was a Pvt. in the Army with the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Div.and is buried at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
Michael J. Maskewicz – Died on 2/08/1944, drowned in Belgium, was a T-5 a member of the ship repair crew of the engineer’s corps in the Navy.
Joseph McGaughan – Died on 7/29/1944 in France, was a Pvt. in the Army with the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Div., Buried at Brittany American Cemetery, France.
Peter Menger – Died on 2/18/1942 at the age of 27 in the vicinity of St. Lawrence Harbor, Newfoundland possibly from drowning he was coxswain in the Navy on the supply ship U.S.S. Pollux which ran aground along with 92 officers and men, the ship broke in two and the crew were aloud to swim to shore (not many made it) He is noted as the first serviceman killed in World War II from Beacon, NY.
Howard G. Micheli – Died on 7/13/1944 in North Africa, was a Lt. in the Army Air Force.
John F. Mignault – Died on 10/11/1944 in Ruraval Island in the Pacific, Was a Machinist’s Mate 3c in the Navy serving aboard the ULST-167 while unloading on the beach was damaged by several bombs.
George S. Mitchell – Died on 9/09/1941 in Havre De Grace, Md as a result of injuries sustained from an auto accident he was training at Norfolk, Va. prior to the accident. Was a Seaman in the Navy.
William T. Morrison – KIA was a 1st LT in the Army.
Patrick J. O’Brien – Died on 4/29/1944 over Germany, was an S-Sgt. in the Army Air Corps was a radio operator and gunner aboard a Flying Fortress.
Francis G. Peattie – Died on 6/26/1943, was a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Air force with the 65th Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy. Alone survivor of his crew, Jose Holguin, returned to the crash site three times after the war trying to recover his buddies remains. In 1983 he had success and discovered Peattie and four other bodies in an unmarked grave in Hawaii. Peattie’s body was returned home to Beacon and given full-military honors in 1985.
Guy D. Pendleton – Died on 6/30/1944 in France. A Pvt. in the Army, buried at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
George Perrault – Died on 2/20/1945 on Iwo Jima, was a Sgt. in the Marine Corps.
Kenneth G. Perry – Died on 11/25/1944 over Germany. Was a Flight Officer in the Army Air Forces with the 710th Bomber Squadron, 447th Bomber Group, Heavy is buried in Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands.
Dominick J. Phillipo – Died on 9/11/1943 near Persano, Italy. A Pvt. in the Army with Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Div. His body after 17 years missing was found on May of 1960, when his remains and Dog Tags were discovered after heavy rains revealed his unmarked grave beside a small stream near the town of Serre and brought back to Beacon, NY for his final resting place.
Carmen A. Ramputi – Died on 2/01/1944 during the invasion of Roi and Namur Islands in the Marshalls, Pacific, was buried at St. Joachim’s Cemetery, Beacon, NY in 1947.
Robert V. Resek – Died on 11/20/1944 at age 26 in Germany, a Sgt. in the Army.
Lester F. Roberts – Died on 12/11/1943 in Bari, Italy when German planes attacked the Port, Seaman 1st Class gunner in the Navy, Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.
Peter J. Seranto – Died on 7/03/1944 in France, a Technician 4th Class with the 749th Tank Battalion in the Army, Buried at Brittany American Cemetery in St. James (Manche), France.
Francis T. Splain Jr. – Died on 2/29/1944 at age 19, was a Pvt. in the Army with the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Div., Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.
Burton Stevens – Died on 3/28/1945 at age 18 in Germany. Was a Pvt. in the Army a member of the Intelligence Div. of General Patton’s Third Army of the 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Div. and is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold (Moselle), France.
Stuart F. Stripple – Died on 5/13/1944 at age 24 in Italy. Was a Sgt. In the Army with the 85th Div.
Richard E. Sutton – Died on 7/13/1944, Private in the Army with the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Div., Buried at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
William J. Tallman – Died 8/1944 in France was a TEC5 Cpl. in the Army.
Rody J. Tighe – Died on 12/18/1944, a Fireman 2nd Class in the Navy buried at Manila American Cemetery in Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
Francis J. Toth – Died on 7/20/1944 in Saipan, PFC in the Army with the 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Div. buried at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, HI.
George P. Turiga – Died 12/1943 in the North Atlantic, A Commodore in the Navy of a cargo ship he captained sank during a heavy storm.
Andrew Urbanak – Died on 2/9/1941 in Lewistown, Pa. hospital, removed from a train stricken with stomach ailments, the train was carrying trainees to Alabama, and was a trainee in the Army and is buried at St. Joachim’s Cemetery, Beacon, NY.
Rosco L. Vaughn Jr. – Died on 2/25/1944, Pvt. 1st Class in the Army with the 3281st Quartermaster Service Company, Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy.
James J. Walker – Died on 11/04/1944 at age 22. Pfc. in the Army stationed in Holland
John P. Wasnorowicz – Died on 7/12/1943 in the Southwest Pacific Area, was a Pvt. in the Army
Louis J. Westerhuis – Died on 12/13/1943 by drowning, A Gunners Mate, Seaman 1st Class in the Navy was aboard a submarine in the Pacific.
Rene’ Zahner – Died on 8/10/1944 an S-Sgt. in the Army.
* Joseph C. Usifer – Died on 2/20/1945 on Iwo Jima at age 23, was a 1st Sgt. in the Marine Corps with the famous Fourth Marine Div., a former Beacon resident. 66
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Korea (1950-1953) & Vietnam (1954-1975)
Anthony N. Scalzo – Died on 12/30/1952 from wounds during Combat, was a Pvt. in the Army and a Member of Co. B, 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Div.
Vietnam (1954 - 1975)
John J. Bennett – Died on 3/2/1970 at the age of 23 in Tuyen Duc Province, South Vietnam, Specialist Fifth Class with the 362nd Sig Co of the Army.
Thomas E. Devine – Died on 12/16/1969 at the age of 20 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, Corporal in the Army, A member of A Co., 25th Aviation Bn.
Thomas E. Devine – Died on 12/16/1969 at the age of 20 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, Corporal in the Army, A member of A Co., 25th Aviation Bn.
Phillip R. Mattracion – Died on 4/05/1967 at the age of 23 in South Vietnam, a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy with the H&SCO 1st BN 9th MAR 3rd MAR DIV. and is buried at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
Terrence E. O’Neil – Died on 5/23/1968 at the age of 21 in South Vietnam, Sergeant in the Army with B Co. 6th Inf. 1st Bn.
William R. Phillips – Died on 3/23/1968 at the age of 22 in Quang Tin, South Vietnam of accidental homicide, SN in the Navy with the NAVSUPPACT DET CHU LAI Unit. He is buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park in West Palm Beach, Florida
James S. Pittman – Died on 10/15/1966 at the age of 19 in South Vietnam, Pvt. In the Army with C Co, 18th Inf., 1st Bn
Emilio Rivera – Died on 10/30/1969 at the age of 18 in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam, Pvt. 1st Class in the Marine Corps as a Mortarman.
Joseph T. Slinskey – Died in 1966 at the age of 22 in Germany, He is buried at St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Beacon, NY.
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