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Sherril Beck


The Montpelier Examiner, July 1944




Private Sherril Beck, 20, son of Leon A Beck of Ovid, was killed in action on D-Day in France, according to information received Monday by his father from the war department.  Private Beck of the engineer corps entered the service on February 28, 1943 and before arriving in England in October of 1843, trained at Camp Swift, Texas.  He was born June 20, 1924 and was a member of the 1942 graduating class of Fielding high school.  In addition to his father, he is survived by two sisters; Noreen and Maxine Beck of Ovid; three brothers, M Veriel C Beck, stationed in England, Junior and Dale Beck both of Ovid; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Emma Po-- of Ovid.

Within a period of a week, notification of death of Beck while in action in France was to two families in Ovid.  The first was that of Private Everan Peterson, a paratrooper reported killed on July 4. Following a copy of the letter received by his grandmother and his aunt, Ila Pos-- from Private Beck, written May 28"

"Well, guess I'll just try writing a few lines to let you know that I'm still O.K. feeling fine and thinking of you both day and night.  I do hope that everything is all right at home and that your are both in good health.  For the past few days, I have been thinking over what was going on a year ago.  It seems to me that the train just would not go fast enough to suit me.  My, but it was a long old one but well worth it.  Boy, how I would like to knock on your door again and ask if you have an extra bed for me.  Those were the days weren't they Gram?  I can still see the valley as it looked that beautiful May morning, the mountains and hills, so green and lovely looking.  I think it was the most beautiful sight I've seen and only I can see it again."


Joint memorial services were held in the Ovid chapel Sunday at 8 o'clock with Bishop Oliver Peterson in charge for Pvt. Everan Peterson, who was killed July 4 in France and Pvt. Sherril Beck who was killed June 6 in France.

The services included singing by the choir, "I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go"; prayer by President Sidney Burgoyne of the Montpelier stake; singing by the choir, "I Need Thee Every Hour." Speakers included Bishop Clarence L Wright of Bennington, Bishop Dan C Rich of Paris, Bishop Robert Schmid of Bern; a vocal duet was by Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen; closing remarks by Bishop O L Peterson; song, "Somewhere" choir; benediction by Bishop Evan Morgan of Liberty.

At the close of the services taps were played by Roger Burgoyne of Montpelier.


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