|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1917|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 2003|
Ivan was a career military officer, serving in the Marines for 25 years. He enlisted in the US Marines in 1943. He served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam campaigns, in numerous battles and conflicts.
He received a number of honors:
- Combat action award;
- Presidential Unit Citation with two Stars;
- Good Conduct Medal with one Star;
- American Defense Service Medal;
- American Campaign Medal;
- Victory Medal;
- National Defense Service Medal;
- Korean Service Medal with two Stars;
- United Nations Medal with two Stars;
- Vietnam Campaign Medal; and
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Stars.
He met Virginia Northern, a secretary in the Department of War, in Washington, DC and married her in 1947. They raised a son and a daughter.
He retired as a Master Gunnery Sargeant M Gy Sgt - E - 9, in December 1969, at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
After retiring from the military, Ivan worked for an auto parts retailer for a time and then as a service writer for a Chrysler repair shop in Gallatin, TN. He also worked for two years as a local Krispy Kreme store manager. His last job was as a county tax collector, where he worked for some ten years before retiring. He found a lot of satisfaction in this job for the friends he made and being able to help people solve their problems with the county revenue bureaucracy.
John McGeorge Bechman (1889 - 1966)
Mary Dorotha Letterman Bechman (1893 - 1990)
Virigina Waldene Northern Bechman (1925 - 2015)*
Debra Lynn Bechman Cooner (1956 - 2005)*
Ivan Dale Bechman (1917 - 2003)
Stanley Dean Bechman (1919 - 1980)*
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Record added: Mar 31, 2012
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