Tech 4 Glenn R. Beem
– HQ Company, Field Artillery Battalion –
Glenn Rodger Beem was born on the 16th of April, 1916, in Porter County, Indiana.
After 2 years of high school he started working in the farming business.
Glenn entered the US Army on valentine’s day, the 14th of February 1942, at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. Glenn would become a mechanic in the Headquarters Company of a Field Artillery Battalion. At the moment, we are researching which Artillery unit Glenn served in. As a Technician 4th grade Glenn served in North Africa, Sicily, Normandy, France, Belgium and Germany.
After the war, Glenn lived most of his life in Starke County, Indiana.
He never talked much about the war but once in a while would make a comment, usually while watching a movie. He recounted the march through the mud in North Africa and pulling trucks and guns out of the mud and back onto the road. He also recounted being shelled by their own guns one time, possibly at Kasserine Pass.
At Normandy he told of a cook in his unit who was captured when he slept through the unit pulling out during a German counter attack. After taking the Cherbourg peninsula they got him back.
Glenn died on the 7th of August 1998 in a car accident, and found his final rest at Round Lake Cemetery, Indiana.
The actions of Technician 4th Grade Beem for our freedom will forever be remembered.