|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1923|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2004|
GROTON, MASS. - Arthur Blackburn Beal, 80, a Groton resident, retired U.S. Navy A.O.C. and World War II veteran, died at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer with his daughters by his side. He was the husband of the late Isabel Collier Beal who died in 2002 after 57 years of marriage. The son of Dr. George Napoleon Beal and Agnes Norton Beal of Beals Island, Maine and the great-grandson of Tall Barney Beal, "Gentle Giant" and Maine folk hero of Beals Island. Arthur graduated from Deland High School in Florida. He subsequently entered the U.S. Navy and at the age of 18 became aviation ordinance chief. Arthur served on the "USS Ranger", a World War II aircraft carrier and infamous "ghost ship" that sank five German ships after Axis U-Boat commander Otto van Bulow believed he had "sunk" her in 1943. After retiring from the Navy in 1961, the Beal family moved to the Floyd family homestead on Barralock Hill Farm. Arthur was an avid ham radio enthusiast, broadcasting internationally as operator WBIGCE and holding the handle "Wet Bottom." Arthur is survived by two daughters, Marcia Beal Brazer and her husband Norman Jr. and Deborah Beal Normandin and her husband Eugene. Services were held at the Union Congregational Church, Groton.
George Napoleon Beal (1891 - 1924)
Isabel Collier Beal (1925 - 2002)
GPS (lat/lon): 42.62171, -71.56442
Created by: Dorothy Alley Abbott
Record added: Apr 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88397387
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