Beach, Kenneth R. (March 7, 1916 - August 15, 1944)

Kenny Beach, Aerial Gunner

Is Killed in Action Over Italy Was Nose Gunner on Italian Based Liberator-Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Beach Killed In Action. . .

Douglas Budget - August 31, 1944

The spectre of war hovered over Douglas again this week when a war department message brought news of the death of S. Sgt. Kenneth Beach aerial armorer and nose gunner of a B-24 bomber based in Italy.

S.Sgt. Beach was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd O. Beach of the LaPrele community, west of Town, and the husband of the former Winona LeBar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul LeBar, who is living with her parents at the ranch north of Douglas and to whom the wire message was addressed.

The wire stated that Sgt. Beach was killed in action over Italy on August 15. No further details were revealed. It will be remembered that the invasion of southern France started on the 15th and was covered by planes from the Italian command, and it is presumed by many here that it was in this invasion that Sgt. Beach lost his life.

His death brings to twelve the number of Converse county servicemen who have made the supreme sacrifice in this war.

Kenneth Beach was born in Douglas on March 7, 1916. he received his education in this county and in March, 1943, he entered the army in the air corps branch. He trained as an armorer and aerial gunner at Salt Lake City, Santa Ana and Fresno, Calif., at Lowry and Buckley Fields in Denver, and graduated at Harlingen, Tex.

While home on leave he married Miss Winona LeBar on January 12 of this year. In May he went overseas.

Surviving besides his widow and parents are two sisters, Mrs. B.H. Sears of San Diego and Mrs. Alice Nunn of Douglas.

Funeral Services For Sgt.K.Beach

Douglas Enterprise - November 22, 1949

Funeral services for Sgt. Kenneth R. Beach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Beach will be held at Jefferson Barracks National cemetery near St. Louis, Mo. Monday.

Sgt. Beach died in the crash of an airplane and his remains have been removed to this country.

Mr. and Mrs. Beach will leave tomorrow to attend the services.


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