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Roy A Becker
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1921
Dickey County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Oct. 4, 2010
Oakes
Dickey County
North Dakota, USA

Roy A. Becker, 89, of Oakes, ND, passed away on October 4, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Society Oakes, ND, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, near Oakes, ND. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND.

Roy Alvin Becker was born in section 2, Clement Township, near Oakes, Dickey County, North Dakota, on February 3, 1921. He was baptized at the Norwegian Lutheran Church on April 24, 1921, and was confirmed at St. Johnís Lutheran Church on April 5, 1936. Roy attended Norway School #2 for the required 8 years. In the late 1930s, he went to work for Howard Cox in Glover, North Dakota, at his blacksmith shop. In 1941, he left to work in the Pea fields in Eastern Washington. From there, Roy traveled on to Seattle and worked in the shipyards before being drafted into the U.S. Army in December of 1942 at Fort Lewis, WA. He was sent to Aberdeen, Maryland, for basic training and was then transferred into the Army Air Corps and trained in Greensboro and Davidson, NC, where he graduated from officersí training school. He also trained at Nashville, TN; Montgomery, AL; Decatur, AL; where he started flight training and was then sent to Cortland, AL; Mariana, FL; San Antonio, TX; and back to Montgomery, AL; then on to Clovis, NM; Amarillo, TX; and Denver, CO. Roy trained in the AT-6, P-51, B-17, B-24, and B-29 airplanes and was appointed instructor for a short while.

Roy was sent to the Island of Tinian in July of 1945. He was in the 1st squadron of the 9th bomb group of the 20th Air Force flying a weather plane. They were one of the last planes attacked by the Japanese on August 11, 1945. For this Roy received a Purple Heart. He was transferred to the Philippines and the 13th Air Force to fill out the remaining required time of overseas duty. Upon returning to the United States, Roy was discharged from active duty on May 8, 1946, as a 1st Lieutenant.

Roy then began an auto repair shop in West Seattle with his brother Arthur. They rode motorcycles from Seattle to Oakes twice a year to do the spring planting on the farm and to harvest the crop in the fall, sleeping along side the road before I-94 was built. They returned to full-time farming in 1950, which Roy continued until 2001 when a benign brain tumor forced him to retired.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Gudrun (Hjelvik) Becker; brothers Arthur, Grant, and Ivan; a sister and brother-in-law, Ellen & George Kubasta; and a grandson, Alexander Gronbeck.

Roy was a member of Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, the American Legion, the 9th Bomb Group, and the Pilotís Class of 44G at Mariana, Florida.

He enjoyed trips to Powell, Wyoming, until he was no longer able to travel. He also enjoyed telling of his experiences in the Air Force, going to the air shows, and reading. 
 
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US ARMY AIR FORCES
 
Note: WORLD WAR II
 
Burial:
North Dakota Veterans Cemetery
Mandan
Morton County
North Dakota, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 02, 2011
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Thank you sir for your service.
- Bob
 Added: Jan. 14, 2012

- Union48
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