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Orin Fremont Beller
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1921
Havre
Hill County
Montana, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 1944, France

1946: Charting the Course:

Before World War II, Montana State football tasted success often, but in small doses. The Bobcats did not record a winning season between 1931 and 1941, MSC's last pre-war squad. The 'Cats were 1-10 in that stretch against Montana, and were shut out for eight consecutive years. In 1946, however, things began to change. Comprised of war-hardened veterans, Clyde Carpenter and the Bobcats rolled up a 5-3-1 regular season record, impressive enough to land the team its first-ever bowl bid. The Bobcats tied New Mexico, 13-13. Although it would be seven more seasons until Montana State would again win more than it lost, that season helped chart the course into what would become an unbelievably successful period in Montana State's football history.
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The Ultimate Sacrifice:

The 1946 team was special for more than its accomplishments, however. When it reassembled following World War II, its special mission was to carry the Bobcat banner after 11 members of Montana State's previous team, the 1941 squad, were killed during World War II. The only pre-war regular to play in the Harbor Bowl was Bill Zupan, whose brother Al was among those 'Cat gridders making the ultimate sacrifice. Others were Orin Beller, Newell Berg, Dana Bradford, John Burke, Bernard Cluzen, William Coey, Karl Fye, John Hall, Joseph McGeever, John Phelan, Richard Roman, Wendell Scabad and Alton Zempel, according to the outstanding centennial history of MSU, "In the People's Interest". 
 
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 Parents:
  Claude Fred Beller (1891 - 1975)
  Mary Olive LaVerne Peelman Beller (1894 - 1976)
 
Inscription:
Orin F
Beller
Idaho
2D LT 302 Infantry
94 Division
World War II
October 25 1921
November 15 1944

 
Burial:
City Cemetery
Salmon
Lemhi County
Idaho, USA
Plot: N- 21- 1
 
Maintained by: Anna C
Originally Created by: Phoebe Bird
Record added: Mar 28, 2008
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Orin Fremont Beller
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Orin Fremont Beller
Added by: David M. Habben
 
Orin Fremont Beller
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- Steve Dudley
 Added: Oct. 4, 2009
 
 
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