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 Raymond George Beck

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Raymond George Beck

Birth
Russell, Russell County, Kansas, USA
Death
22 Dec 1998 (aged 81)
Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado, USA
Burial
Russell, Russell County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID
85215806 View Source

Clippings.........Jan. 25, 1943...............Pictured in uniform. "Prisoner of Japan"....Fred Beck received a telegram from the war dept. informing him that his son, Pfc Raymond G. Beck, is a prisoner of war of the Japanese government......after the fall of Corregidor, May 7, 1942, his parents had received a message stating he was "missing in action".
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Clippings..........Sept. 9, 1943........Missing in Action......Sgt Ray Beck, Russell, US Army, Prisoner of Japan in Philippines
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Clippings: (Nov 1, 1945) Out of 42 men in the quota who left Feb. 26, 1941, he was the only one to ship directly out of Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Knox, KY where he trained with the first armored division which saw so much action in North Africa. His experiences included the "Death March" where he walked 140 miles in 14 days, 7 without food or water. They ate a few sugar cane stalks and at the end were given a little rice. His first prison camp was O'Donnell where he spent six weeks and where in that length of time 1400 Americans died. On June 4, 1942, Sgt Beck landed in the famous Cabanatuan prison camp where he was to spend a year and a half before being taken to a steel mill in Hiroto, Japan, 500 miles south of Tokyo where American prisoners of war worked seven days a week for 10 cents a day. They were fed 2 bowls of rice a day and the only variation in the diet for him and 400 other Americans for nearly 2 years was a soup made of radish tops with sometimes a few radishes. He was liberated from the Hiroto camp on Sept 9, 1945, at age 28 weighed 115 lbs. By Nov. his weight was back up to 180 lbs.............many other details of his war history. He expects to return to the Russell State Bank where he was employed at the time of his induction.

Clippings.........Jan. 25, 1943...............Pictured in uniform. "Prisoner of Japan"....Fred Beck received a telegram from the war dept. informing him that his son, Pfc Raymond G. Beck, is a prisoner of war of the Japanese government......after the fall of Corregidor, May 7, 1942, his parents had received a message stating he was "missing in action".
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Clippings..........Sept. 9, 1943........Missing in Action......Sgt Ray Beck, Russell, US Army, Prisoner of Japan in Philippines
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Clippings: (Nov 1, 1945) Out of 42 men in the quota who left Feb. 26, 1941, he was the only one to ship directly out of Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Knox, KY where he trained with the first armored division which saw so much action in North Africa. His experiences included the "Death March" where he walked 140 miles in 14 days, 7 without food or water. They ate a few sugar cane stalks and at the end were given a little rice. His first prison camp was O'Donnell where he spent six weeks and where in that length of time 1400 Americans died. On June 4, 1942, Sgt Beck landed in the famous Cabanatuan prison camp where he was to spend a year and a half before being taken to a steel mill in Hiroto, Japan, 500 miles south of Tokyo where American prisoners of war worked seven days a week for 10 cents a day. They were fed 2 bowls of rice a day and the only variation in the diet for him and 400 other Americans for nearly 2 years was a soup made of radish tops with sometimes a few radishes. He was liberated from the Hiroto camp on Sept 9, 1945, at age 28 weighed 115 lbs. By Nov. his weight was back up to 180 lbs.............many other details of his war history. He expects to return to the Russell State Bank where he was employed at the time of his induction.


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  • Created by: JLF
  • Added: 19 Feb 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 85215806
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/85215806/raymond-george-beck: accessed ), memorial page for Raymond George Beck (31 May 1917–22 Dec 1998), Find a Grave Memorial ID 85215806, citing Russell City Cemetery, Russell, Russell County, Kansas, USA; Maintained by JLF (contributor 47727694).