In Memory of
Lieutenant
George Harry Beach, Jr.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
September 21, 1907 - October 1, 1942
Killed in Plane Accident in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

George Harry Beach was born on September 21, 1907, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Harry and Alice Beach.  He lived in Sioux Falls all of his life and was familiarly known as “Bud” by many of his friends.  On June 10, 1934, George married Gladys Bielski.  They had two children:  Robert Harry and Joanne Marjorie.  George was active in civic affairs, was a member of the Minnehaha Country Club, the Kiwanis Club, and Unity Lodge No. 130, A.F. & A.M.  Before enlisting in the army, George was the Vice-President and manager of Will A. Beach Printing Company in Sioux Falls.

George Harry Beach enlisted in the army on July 15, 1942, and trained at Lawry Field in Denver, Colorado.  Lieutenant Beach entered military service as a ground crew officer of the army air forces.

Lieutenant George Harry Beach, Jr. was killed in a plane crash in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday, October 1, 1942.  He was one of the twenty-two soldiers who died in this plane crash.

Lieutenant George Harry Beach’s life and death will always be looked upon with respect and admiration.  He will always be remembered for the sacrifices he made for his country.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Brandee Soles, 12th grade, Sioux Falls Christian High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, April 5, 2002.  Information from this entry was provided by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and South Dakota Veterans Bonus Records.