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The World War II Dead of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)

More than 260 UCLA students, faculty  and alumni were killed in World War II; only Harvard University suffered more casualties.  As a two-time graduate of UCLA, I was honored to research every one of their stories in order to memorialize their sacrifices, their humanity, and their often heroic last acts. A summary of how and where they died provides a snapshot of the American military experience in World War II. My files consist of many hundreds of pages of military service records,...
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Daily Bruin – “UCLA alum solves mysteries of WWII soldiers”

by Kevin Truong, Daily Bruin, 05/08/2013 Walking through the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood brings back memories for William Beigel – but not all of them are his own. Many of them belong to the Bruins he still dreams about, whose stories he has finally been able to tell. The UCLA alumnus works during the day as a contract negotiator. But at night, he spends hours at his kitchen table or on his computer, poring over countless pages of military records and documents while...