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Meet Bill Beigel

bill redux-32William L. “Bill” Beigel is a World War II historian, speaker, author, and researcher, specializing in US military service histories of veterans and casualties of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. His research provides answers about WWII military service and wartime deaths, as next-of-kin received very little information during wartime. To date, Beigel has researched nearly 3,000 records for over 1,500 clients in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His work has been featured by dozens of US media outlets, including USA Today and the New York Times.

Bill Beigel offers not only a rare level of expertise and experience in tracking down the details around the death of a war veteran, but interpreting their meaning – and understanding their significance to the veterans’ families.

Bill provides expert research services and provides documents, reports and a full analysis with circumstances, service histories, causes of death, correspondence, compelling stories, and heroic last deeds, place of death and location of remains, gratefully honoring the memories of those who gave their lives, as well as their families and the comrades who served alongside them.

Bill Beigel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History (1980) and a Master of Arts Degree in Geography (1983), both from UCLA.

Bill’s book detailing how the US brought home our war dead from all over the world after World War II, titled, “Buried on the Battlefield – Not My Boy: The Return of the Dead from World War Two,” was published in 2019.

Services:

  • Professional World War II casualty search
  • Full search of military records
  • Includes any U.S. armed forces veteran from the Army, Air Corps, Navy, or U.S. Marine Corps
  • Includes veterans killed, missing in action (MIA) or Prisoner of War (POW)

Qualifications:

Bill has researched World War II, Korean and Vietnam War casualty records for individuals and groups for more than 15 years. He has developed professional relationships with the offices of the National Archives; the National Personnel Records Center; the Air Force Historical Research Agency; the Naval Historical Center, and the Army Human Resources Command, among many others.

Accomplishments:

  • Over a thousand individual subjects researched
  • A dozen groups researched, including:
    • UCLA, 261 students, graduates, and faculty killed in World War II
    • World War II Dead of Brownsville, TX (110 individuals for Rotary Club)
    • World War II Dead of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth, TX (over 50 individuals)
    • Air Corps Personnel Downed over Wessel Germany, March 23-24, 1945 ( 31 individuals for client in Belgium)
    • City of Ellington, CT (25 individuals) for Town Selectman
    • Big Stone County, MN (21 individuals)
    • Madison County, FL (18 individuals)
    • Downey High School, CA (27 individuals)
    • Naval Personnel Downed over Hong Kong, January 15-16, 1945 ( 26 individuals, for client in Hong Kong)
    • 10 Individuals Lost in B-17 Crash in 1943 (for client in Wales)
    • 10 Individuals Lost in B-17 Crash in New Mexico in 1942 (client in New Mexico)
    • 25 Individuals killed in train accident in Belgium (client in Luxembourg)
    • 314 World War II battle dead and 36 Korean War battle dead for the City of Fresno’s veteran’s memorial
  • Clients served in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, and Turkey

Bill Beigel is a member of the following organizations:

Association of Professional Genealogists
Military Writers Society of America
International Society of Family History Writers