In Memory of
U.S. Marine Private First Class
Francis Clare Beesley
Orange Township and Lemmon, South Dakota
Perkins County
August 25, 1923 - July 22,1944
Died of Wounds Received in Action in the Pacific Area

Francis Clare Beesley  Francis Clare Beesley headstone

Francis Clare Beesley was born in the Orange Township in South Dakota on August 25, 1923.  Mr. Beesley went to school in rural Orange Township, but graduated from Lemmon High School in South Dakota with the class of 1940.  He participated in many activities and was popular with his schoolmates.  After high school, Mr. Beesley worked at Nick’s Produce.  He entered the defense industry and was employed by the Lockheed Corporation plant in Burbank, California.  He was married to Helen Solem of Hettinger in November 1942.  They had a daughter.

Mr. Beesley then entered the Marine Corps in May of 1943.  He was stationed with his unit in the South Pacific in January of 1944.  There he played a part in several of the fiercest island invasions.  Marine PFC Francis Claire Beesley died in the South Pacific on July 22, 1944.

Surviving relatives included his mother, Mrs. E.A. Shear; his wife Helen and daughter; and two brothers: William of Long Beach, California and George, who was stationed with the United States Merchant Marine in San Francisco at the time.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sara Baumeister, 8th Grade, Lemmon Junior High School, Lemmon, South Dakota, May 10, 2002.  Information for this entry was provided by The Lemmon Leader.