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Beecher, Curtis

Date of birth:
October 28th, 1897 (Chicago/Illinois, United States)
Date of death:
February 23rd, 1984 (Roseburg/Oregon, United States)
Buried on:
Roseburg National Cemetery
Plot: C. Row: 17. Grave: 9.
Service number:
0-65
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Unit:
6th Regiment, 2nd Division, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), U.S. Army
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1919
"Second Lieutenant Beecher distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action in the Champagne Sector, France, 2 - 10 October 1918, and by the skill with which he led his platoon."

GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 1
Silver Citation Star
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Unit:
6th Regiment, 2nd Division, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), U.S. Army
"Second Lieutenant Beecher distinguished himself while serving with the Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces at Blanc Mont, France, 1 to 10 October 1918." (SECOND Citation)

Citation Orders, 2d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Silver Citation Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Unit:
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, Philippine Department, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), U.S. Army
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Fourth Marines and the East Sector Beach Defenses of Corregidor in the Philippine Islands from December 1941 to May 1942. He skillfully organized and directed the operations of his beach defense sector and maintained a high morale and combat efficiency among his units. Through his outstanding leadership and professional knowledge, Colonel Beecher contributed greatly to the defense of Corregidor."
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as a Prisoner of War in the Cabanatuan Prison Camps from June 1942 to October 1944."

2nd award: Gold Star
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel Curtis T. Beecher (MCSN: 0-65), United States Marine Corps, was captured in the Philippine Islands on 6 May 1942 and was held as a Prisoner of War until his return to U.S. Military Control at the end of the war.
Prisoner of War Medal
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)

Silver star
World War I Victory Medal

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