In Memory of
Earl H. Beck
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
May 25, 1915 Ė October 6, 1944
Killed after the Battle of Aachen, Germany
Earl Beck was born on
May 25, 1915, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to a German Scandinavian decent. He
was raised in Sioux Falls and graduated from Washington High School. Earl then
got married in 1941 and continued his job as a truck driver until he entered the
military in July of 1942.
After a year and a
half of service in Europe, Beck received an emergency leave from the military.
He returned to Sioux Falls at Christmas of 1942 for his motherís funeral. From
there, Beck returned to Kentucky and, soon after his group was shipped overseas.
Only twelve days
later on January 13, 1943, Beckís son Ronald was born in Sioux Falls. Sadly
enough, Beck was killed before he could return to meet this son. Ronald was
only shown pictures of his father and told stories about his fatherís courageous
Private Beck was
involved in the invasion of North Africa and Sicily. Then in the summer of
1944, Beck was sent to Belgium. In October of 1944, he was in the battle of
Aachen, Germany, which was the first major German city to fall in WWII.
Private Beck was severely burned and, possibly, the tank in which he was located
was hit and exploded. Private Earl H. Beck was hospitalized in Belgium until
his death six weeks later on 10/6/44.
As the war was
continuing, it was the practice to bury the soldiers in military cemeteries in
the region; therefore, Private Earl Beck was buried in Belgium. After the war,
in late 1947, Private Beckís remains were shipped back to his hometown of Sioux
Falls. Private Earl Beck was the first from the European Theater of War to be
returned to South Dakota. Private Beck was laid to rest in the Hills Of Rest
Cemetery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Private Earl H. Beck
will always be remembered for the sacrifice he made for the United States of
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Jennie Nyenhuis and Karla TeSlaa, Seniors, Sioux Falls Christian
High School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 4/ 5/ 02. Information for this entry
was provided by Ronald Beck, son of Private Earl H. Beck, Sioux Falls, South