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27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War

“He’s definitely our young soldier” – Remembering 2nd Lt Donald I. Gunn

In the course of nearly two decades of researching World War II veterans’ service records and casualties, I have been privileged to work with dozens of clients in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, along with more than a thousand clients in the US. For several months, I have been working with a Scottish client named Iain, who came to me with a request to research his mother’s cousin – starting with few details and a name which proved to be incorrect. Iain’s family has a long history...
Fred Koebig, UCLA WWII Casualty

PRESS RELEASE: UCLA Alumni Assoc. Honors World War II Casualties in Veterans Day Event, Beigel to Speak

  Press Release: WWII Researcher and Historian Bill Beigel Presents Research of 273 UCLA Bruins Killed in World War II Click here to reserve your tickets for the event. Click here for complete event...
Rosemarie Maze, US Navy, following WWII
Rosemarie Maze, US Navy, following WWII
Rosemarie Maze, US Navy, following WWII

Remembering the Fallen: WWII Veterans of UCLA, Major Robert C. Maze

Rosemarie and Robert Maze are the only military couple included in my Veterans Day speech for the UCLA Alumni Association on November 9. Please join me at UCLA if you’re in Los Angeles that day. Pictured: Rosemarie Maze, US Navy, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross on behalf of her husband, Marine Major Robert C. Maze. Major Maze, commander of Fighter Squadron 511, was shot down in the battle for Okinawa. The Distinguished Flying Cross citation reads, in part: "For heroism and...
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941
Battleship Row Pearl Harbor 1941

Remembering Jerry Angelich on Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In honor of this anniversary, I'd like to remember one of the heroes of that day. Sources differ as to where he was born. Some reports state that he was born in the gritty southern California harbor town of Wilmington, on March 1, 1916. His Army enlistment records indicate that he was born in Butte, Montana. Regardless of his birthplace, his early life was spent in Anaconda, Montana, where his father,...
Allen County Public Library
Allen County Public Library
Allen County Public Library

“Lessons From a Corporate Dropout

Professional researcher and World War II historian Bill Beigel presented a keynote address at the 2016 Professional Management Conference, hosted by the Association of Professional Genealogists. The conference was held at the beautiful Allan County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Beigel addressed attendees of one of the nation's leading genealogy industry conferences on Saturday, September 24. Titled, “Lessons From a Corporate Dropout,” Beigel presented his talk to entrepreneurial...
NARA Fire 1973
NARA Fire 1973
NARA Fire 1973
NARA Fire 1973
NARA Fire 1973
NARA Fire 1973
NARA Fire 1973

Workshop Presentation: “Researching World War II Military Files”

On September 22, 2016, WW2 Researcher and Historian Bill Beigel presented a two-hour workshop titled, “Researching World War II Military Files.” The session was presented to professional researchers at the 2016 Professional Management Conference hosted by the Association of Professional Genealogists at the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Beigel presented an advanced-level, hands-on workshop for professional researchers on researching and interpreting American military files...
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps

Honoring Lt. George H. Cannon, USMC, on Medal of Honor Day

On December 7, 1941, 1st LT George H. Cannon, age 26, was assigned platoon leader of Battery H, 6th Defense Battalion on a critical power station on Sand Island near Midway. In addition to his duties as platoon leader, Cannon was on a task force to try to decode intercepted Japanese messages. On the same night as the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese destroyers launched a ferocious attack against Sand Island, intending to cripple the island’s airfield and provide safe passage to...
2nd LT Robert L. Schanen

Lt. Robert L. Schanen, Navigator of “Ascend Charlie”

Yesterday, I received this email from the relative of the navigator on Ascend Charlie's final mission. Ascend Charlie was a B-17 Flying Fortress (tail #42-5903) from the 390th Bomb Group, 571st Bomb Squadron. You can read my full article on "Ascend Charlie's" last mission here.. Dear Mr. Beigel, I just want to thank you for the piece you wrote about the "Ascend Charlie'" crash. Lt. Schanen was my grandmother's cousin and she speaks so fondly of him. I had always known he was killed in...
Joseph H Reus Wwii

Shot Down Twice

People who visit ancient battlefields or ruins of ancient cities will see evidence of great dramas played out, but they may be left with many more questions than answers. Who were the actual men who fought in the wars? What were their experiences? Their thoughts? Their fears? Who were their families and their friends? Sadly, the answers to most questions like this are lost in the distant past. Fortunately for me, I am an historian who researches the American flyers of the 8th Air Force,...
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball

“Devastating Hitter” Hideo Akiyama

Eleele, on the island of Kauai, was a tiny town. It is on the southern side of the island, where the Ko’ula River empties into the Pacific. But it was home to Hideo Antone Akiyama, born July 2, 1912 (although he is listed on some forms in his file as having been born in 1922). He grew up there with his father, Fumichici, his brother, Hisoto, and his sister, Betsy. Before high school, Hideo began working for the Territorial Highway Department; by 1943, he was making thirty dollars per week...
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