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Billy Joe Boegen

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Billy Joe Boegen Veteran

Birth
Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas, USA
Death
31 Jul 1945 (aged 20)
Okinawa, Okinawa-shi, Okinawa, Japan
Burial
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 156 Lot 3
Memorial ID
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Seaman 1C
US Navy
"He Died That Others May Live"

Shares stone w/baby brother Robert Owen Boegen
Buried behind him and sharing the same stone are his mother & step-father Lena Ann Dennis & David M. Dennis


Billy Joe was killed during a kamikaze attack off Okinawa on July 30, 1945. He had been injured in another attack on April 12 but despite being wounded he returned to his gun and helped shoot down other planes trying to hit the USS Cassin Young, DD 793. This ship is now a Museum Ship in Charlestown, MA, Boston National Historical Park, National Park Service. There is a plaque onboard that includes his name with 22 other sailors killed on the ship that July day. His mom was married three times and she did have another son who lived only two days in 1924. You can GOOGLE the USS Cassin Young because it is park of the national historical park nps.gov/bost or just plain USS Cassin Young

I am putting together the lives of the men killed for a park informational brochure on these heroes of WWII. I was led to the Grove Hill cemetery and eventually your photo by a Boegen death news article found by a diligent Dallas Public Library person. I was shocked to see his headstone some four months ago. Thanks very much for selecting his gravestone to photo.

Richard Tourangeau
Ranger
Boston NHP
Seaman 1C
US Navy
"He Died That Others May Live"

Shares stone w/baby brother Robert Owen Boegen
Buried behind him and sharing the same stone are his mother & step-father Lena Ann Dennis & David M. Dennis


Billy Joe was killed during a kamikaze attack off Okinawa on July 30, 1945. He had been injured in another attack on April 12 but despite being wounded he returned to his gun and helped shoot down other planes trying to hit the USS Cassin Young, DD 793. This ship is now a Museum Ship in Charlestown, MA, Boston National Historical Park, National Park Service. There is a plaque onboard that includes his name with 22 other sailors killed on the ship that July day. His mom was married three times and she did have another son who lived only two days in 1924. You can GOOGLE the USS Cassin Young because it is park of the national historical park nps.gov/bost or just plain USS Cassin Young

I am putting together the lives of the men killed for a park informational brochure on these heroes of WWII. I was led to the Grove Hill cemetery and eventually your photo by a Boegen death news article found by a diligent Dallas Public Library person. I was shocked to see his headstone some four months ago. Thanks very much for selecting his gravestone to photo.

Richard Tourangeau
Ranger
Boston NHP


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