Beckham, Walter Carl, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Primary Unit
1962-1969, Air Force Weapons Laboratory
Service Years
1941 - 1969
Major

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Paxton, Florida
Last Address


Date of Passing
May 31, 1996
 
Location of Interment
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American Fighter Aces Association
  2016, American Fighter Aces Association


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BECKHAM, WALTER C. (POW)

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Walter C. Beckham (0-430771), Captain (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 351st Fighter Squadron, 353d Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 October 1943, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date in aerial combat, Captain Beckham shot down three enemy aircraft during a single air mission. Captain Beckham's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
Headquarters: European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, General Orders No. 15 (1944)
Born: May 12, 1916 at Paxton, Florida
   
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 Unit Assignments
353rd Fighter GroupAir Force Weapons Laboratory
  1943-1945, 353rd Fighter Group
  1962-1969, Air Force Weapons Laboratory
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1942-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)1
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