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William Richard Beck

Also Known As: "Bjorkbacka"
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: June 07, 1998 (78)
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Floyds Township, Horry County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Victor Beck and Hilma Susanna Beck
Husband of Anna Edna Beck
Brother of Mary Hannah Lehto; Helen Elisabeth Beck; Bertha Susan Gibson; Walter Victor Beck (Bjorkbacka); Walford Armas Beck and 2 others

Occupation: Retired Military, Attorney at Law
Managed by: Susanne Floyd Gunter
Last Updated:

About William Richard Beck

William R. Beck was the son of Finnish emigrants Victor and Hilma Beck (Bjorkbacka). He was born in the United States and did not have to undergo naturalization; however, his military papers say he was born in Bessemer, Pennsylvania and one early census says he was born in New Jersey. The military paperwork is what is put forth here as correct. It is known that the family lived in both places due to Victor's work.

William R. Beck served in the United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Division during World War II in the Pacific Theater (at Guadacanal) and in the Korean Conflict (at Chosin Reservoir). A Master Sergeant for most of his career in the military, he retired as an officer at the rank of First Lieutenant with a career that spanned 1939-1968. After retirement, he completed the University of Florida and then George Washington University School of Law.

Service Number 058798.


Decorations, Medals, etc.: Ltr Commd w/V, PUC awd 1st Mar Div w/2*, Good Conduct Medal w/6*, American Defense Ser. Med. w/Base Clasp, Asiatic Pacific w/3*, American Campaign, Victory WWII, China Ser. Med., Korean Ser. Med. W/5* U.N. Ser. Ribbon & Medal.

US Social Security Index

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JYHJ-KWT : 19 May 2014), William R Beck, 07 Jun 1998; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

1930 census https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPCK-RC9 "Billy" Beck is 10 years old and in the household of Hilma Beck in Horry County.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPCK-RC9 : accessed 28 January 2020), Billy Beck in household of Hilma Beck, Floyds, Horry, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 15, sheet 22B, line 87, family 432, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2201; FHL microfilm 2,341,935.

1940 census https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRBB-XMR

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRBB-XMR : 26 July 2019), William R Beck, Dumfries Magisterial District, Prince William, Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 76-8, sheet 34B, line 71, family , Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4286.

Residence 1.9.1998 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KBW5-B8L

"United States Public Records, 1970-2009", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KBW5-B8L : 19 January 2020), Wm R Beck, 1998.

William married Anna Edna O'Reilly Maness, widow of Troy Luther Maness, another World War II veteran.


"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKP-LZ8F : 13 December 2015), William R. Beck, 1998; Burial, Duford, Horry, South Carolina, United States of America, Riverside Cemetery; citing record ID 49579675, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

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William Richard Beck's Timeline

November 2, 1919
Pennsylvania, United States
June 7, 1998
Age 78
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States
Floyds Township, Horry County, South Carolina, United States