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William Ray Beam
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1920
Death: Oct. 12, 1987
Cleburne County
Alabama, USA

Ray Beam was born on Jan 17, 1920, the son of Joel P. Beam #60675608 and Florence Key #60675679. He had two sisters, Fannie and Lois, and two brothers, Cranston and Luther.

Ray served as a Company Aide medic in the 95th Infantry Division of the U.S. Third Army, commanded by General George S. Patton. The 95th fought in the Battle of the Bulge as part of Patton's troops sent to relieve Bastogne. But the Division earned its nom de guerre, "the Iron Men of Metz" during the fierce battle for that French city in November of 1944. He was wounded in the right shoulder and left cheek during that battle while carrying wounded soldiers from the battle field. Ray Beam was awarded the Mediterranean Campain Ribbon with two battle stars and the Purple Heart for his service in the World War II.

Ray married Claris Mitchell and they had two children. He was a tall man with a booming voice and "lead the singing" at Rock Springs Baptist Church for years as Claris played the piano. Ray was a gentle Christian man, honest and very well regarded in the community.

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  Claris Mitchell Beam (1930 - 1994)
Rock Springs Church Cemetery
Cleburne County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Edwin Williams
Originally Created by: Mary Ann Baggett Fergus...
Record added: Sep 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42372350
William Ray Beam
Added by: Edwin Williams
William Ray Beam
Added by: Mary Ann Baggett Ferguson
William Ray Beam
Added by: Mary Ann Baggett Ferguson
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