Corporal Arthur O. Beyer, USA (January 15, 1945)

go to site Arthur Otto Beyer was born in Rock Township, Mitchell County, Iowa on May 20, 1909. He was living in Saint Ansgar, Iowa when he volunteered or was drafted for service in the United States Army during World War II.

buy modafinil brazil Beyer was assigned to Company C, 603rd Tank Destroyer Battalion which landed for combat in France in July 1944 attached to the 6th Armored Division.

http://girlsintanktops.com/author/girlsintanktops/ On January 15, 1945 during the assault on Arloncourt, Belgium, Beyer – a Corporal and the gunner aboard an M18 Hellcat self-propelled gun – dismounted from his vehicle and attacked alone with his carbine and grenades, routing the Nazi defenders from a ridgeline defensive position. His Medal of Honor was awarded about seven months later in August 1945.

From Medal of Honor Citations for World War II (A-F):

Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon (background)
Medal of Honor ribbon (foreground); World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon (background)
Photo: Military Times’ Hall of Valor

BEYER, ARTHUR O.

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company C, 603d Tank Destroyer Battalion. Place and date: Near Arloncourt, Belgium, 15 January 1945. Entered service at: St. Ansgar, Iowa. G.O. No.: 73, 30 August 1945

Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry in action. His platoon, in which he was a tank-destroyer gunner, was held up by antitank, machinegun, and rifle fire from enemy troops dug in along a ridge about 200 yards to the front. Noting a machinegun position in this defense line, he fired upon it with his 76-mm. gun killing 1 man and silencing the weapon. He dismounted from his vehicle and, under direct enemy observation, crossed open ground to capture the 2 remaining members of the crew. Another machinegun, about 250 yards to the left, continued to fire on him. Through withering fire, he advanced on the position. Throwing a grenade into the emplacement, he killed 1 crewmember and again captured the 2 survivors. He was subjected to concentrated small-arms fire but, with great bravery, he worked his way a quarter mile along the ridge, attacking hostile soldiers in their foxholes with his carbine and grenades. When he had completed his self-imposed mission against powerful German forces, he had destroyed 2 machinegun positions, killed 8 of the enemy and captured 18 prisoners, including 2 bazooka teams. Cpl. Beyer’s intrepid action and unflinching determination to close with and destroy the enemy eliminated the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its objective.

Beyer returned to Saint Ansgar and eventually operated his own farm. He died there at an all-too-early age of 55 on February 16, 1965 and was laid to rest in the town’s Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Both the 603rd Tank Destroyer Battalion and the 6th Armored Division were deactivated and disbanded after the end of World War II.

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4 thoughts on “Corporal Arthur O. Beyer, USA (January 15, 1945)”

  1. I can add a few small corrections. I did not know Arthur Beyer personally. But he was a cousin of my grandmothers. His father died when he was young. As a result he spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house as her father was an uncle of Arthur Beyer.
    Although he is buried in St. Ansgar he did not die there. He died on his farm near Buffolo North Dakota. The cause of death was suicide. Both these things can be verified by other links when the name Arthur O. Beyer is googled. I think that it is actually important that people know that he committed suicide because I see it as evidence that he suffered from post trumatic stress disorder.
    These same links state that he did not have any children of his own. He did have a number of step children through his marriage to Marianne Hicks, if I remember her name correctly.
    His marriage occured just a few years before his suicide which was shortly after the 20th anniversary of the actions in which he won the Medal of Honor and of course shortly before the 20th anniversary of the end of the war. Is it not hard to imagine that the increasing reminders of this anniversary increased the reminders of things that he wished to forget.

    1. Arthur Beyer (Art as he was known) did in fact marry my Grand mother and lived and died near Buffalo ND. He also lived for a period of time in rural Ogema MN (Becker county). My brother and I own the land and site of his home. There is a memorial in Buffalo ND in front of the American Legion. I currently hold his medal of honor and other awards. It is a true statement that the war killed him.

      1. Hi, I’m glad I searched this out and found out where the medal was. My wife told me about her Uncle. I’m related to all the Beyer’s in Detroit Lakes MN. I asked her where the medal was and she said she didn’t know. It is very important they stay in the family.
        Thanks

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