In Memoriam: Beacon

The men remembered here died during their wartime service, either during combat or from disease or accidents. The list was compiled by Robert William Phillips for the Beacon Historical Society.

World War I

John J. Bump
Frank Cramade
Herman G. Deicke
George H. Deveson
Frank D. Fairclough
Frederick A. Garrison
Frederick Harris
Austin Robinson
George Stafford
James J. Tomlins
Frank H. VanHouten Jr.
William B. Wilson

World War II

Arthur J. Baxter
John H. Beattie
Robert A. Bennett
Luigi F. Bettina
William J. Brennan
John W. Briggs
Frederick H. Brewer
Thomas B. Carrol
Calvin Clensay
John Collins
Nicholas T. Coppola
Raymond W. Detweiler
Andrew B. Eichorn

Finally Home


The bodies of two Beacon men killed during World War II were only years later identified and returned home for burial.

Air Force 1st Lt. Francis G. Peattie died June 26, 1943, in a bomber crash on the South Pacific island of New Britain. The lone survivor, Col. Jose Holguin, returned to the site three times in the early 1980s to search for the remains of his nine comrades. In 1983 he discovered a number of bodies had been recovered and buried in Honolulu. He pushed the Army to identify the remains, which included five of his crewmates. Peattie’s body was returned to Beacon in 1985 and interred at St. Joachim’s Cemetery.


Private Dominick J. Phillipo went missing in September 1943 during a battle for the town of Persano, Italy. Nearly 17 years later, in May 1960, heavy rains revealed a shallow grave with his remains and dog tags beside a small stream near the town of Serre, about 10 miles away. He is also buried at St. Joachim’s.

Source: Beacon Historical Society


George J. Eichorn
Paul L. Facteau
Robert M. Faris
Ralph L. Fleming
David Fontaine
George P. Frederick
Saul Gerlich
Alexander J. Grudzina
Michael J. Groza
Joseph Halbosky
Gordon E. Hughes
Henry I. Idema
Edwin J. Johnson
John Keto
Albert A. Knight
Orville Kranz
Ernest H. LaChance
George LaChance
Arnold E. Lasko
Robinson C. Lent
Walter M. Lewis
Judah H. Lewittes
James J. Lockwood
Michael E. Maskewicz
Joseph McGaughan
Peter Menger
Howard G. Mitchell
John F. Mignault
George S. Mitchell
William T. Morrison
Patrick J. O’Brien
Francis G. Peattie
Guy D. Pendleton
George Perrault
Kenneth G. Perry
Dominick J. Phillipo
Carmen A. Ramputi
Robert V. Resek
Lester F. Roberts
Peter J. Seranto
Francis T. Splain Jr.
Burton Stevens
Stuart F. Stripple
Richard E. Sutton
William J. Tallman
Rody J. Tighe
Francis J. Toth
George P. Turiga
Andrew Urbanak
Joseph C. Usifer
Rosco L. Vaughn Jr.
James J. Walker
John P. Wasnorowicz
Louis J. Westerhuis
Rene’ Zahner


Anthony N. Scalzo


John J. Bennett
Thomas E. Devine
Phillip R. Mattracion
Terrence E. O’Neil
William R. Phillips
James S. Pittman
Emilio Rivera
Joseph T. Slinskey

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