In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Howard N. Beck
Lake Preston, South Dakota
December 23, 1944
Howard N. Beck was born to Melvin and Achsa Beck. He had one brother, Merwin,
and six sisters, Helen Marie, Margaret, Leila, Jean and Lois. He attended Lake
Preston High School and graduated in 1931. After graduating from high school,
Howard started working in the Thompson Bakery in Lake Preston. He moved to
Seattle and continued working in a bakery.
Howard was inducted into the Army in 1941. He trained at Fort Knox, Tennesee,
Fort Benning, Georgia, and Camp Gordon, Georgia. He was sent overseas in
September, 1944. He was a member of the 420th Field Artillery
Battalion of the 10th Armored Division.
Private Howard N. Beck was killed in action in Belgium on December 23, 1944
during the Battle of the Bulge when the Germans made their westward push. He
was buried at a nearby cemetery in Belgium. On April 12, 1949, he was
permanently interred Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg City,
Luxembourg. A military marker is also in the Lake Preston Cemetery. He was
awarded the Purple Heart for his heroism.
Private Beck had two siblings who also served in the armed forces. His
brother, Merwin, was in the Navy and his sister Helen Marie was a Lieutenant in
the Navy Nurses Corps. During the memorial service, his mother was presented
with a gold star and flag in recognition of the sacrifice that her family made.
Information for this entry was
respectfully submitted by Jean Beck Pederson , sister of Pvt. Nelson and Pat
Tvinnereim, granddaughter of Jean Pederson.