Lot Emerich Beacher Sr.
Margaret M. Horwart
John Steven Beacher


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John Steven Beacher 1 2 3

  • Born: 10 Jun 1927, Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA 1 3 4
  • Died: 25 Apr 1951, , , , South Korea at age 23 1 5 6
  • Buried: East Norwegian Twp.: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Schuylkill, PA 1

   FamilySearch ID: KHPP-RS9.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1930 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA. 7 In the 1930 Census is Saint Clair was recoreded Lodi Beacher, age 43, born in Czechoslovakia. Living with him: wife Margaret, 37; son Joseph, 15; son Lodi, 14; daughter Helen, 12; son Steve, 10; son Georgie, 8; daughter Mary, 5; and son John, 2. Everyone except Lodi Sr. was born in Pennsylvania.

2. Occupation: Schrage & Pines, 12th & Laurel St., Pottsville, PA on 11 Jun 1945 in Pottsville, Schuylkill, PA. 3

3. He was described as 5' 6", 120 lbs., brown eyes, black hair, ruddy complexion on 11 Jun 1945 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA. 3

4. Residence: 150 S. Third St., St. Clair, PA on 11 Jun 1945 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA. 3

5. Newspaper: Article about his service during World War II appeared on page 14 in the Pottsville Republican newspaper, 20 Jul 1945. 8

6. Military on 25 Apr 1951 in , , , South Korea: Private during the Korean War and was killed in action. 2 5 His military records obtained at http://www.2id.org/25-35-b.htm show:
Serial Number=US52039211
Military Occupation Specialty=04745
Year of Birth=27
State of Residence=PA
County of Residence=Schuylkill
Unit=35th Inf Regt
Division=25th Div
Type of Unit=Inf Regt
Place of Casualty=South Korea
Date of Casualty (yymmdd)=51 04 25
Type of Casualty=Killed in Action
Detail of Casualty=MIA/Missing in Action
Group of Casualty=Killed in Action.

7. Newspaper: Morning Press: St. Clair Man Is Killed In Korea, 5 Dec 1951, Bloomsburg, Columbia, PA. 6 Pvt. John S. Beacher, twenty-three, St. Clair, who had been reported missing in action since April 25, seventeen days after his arrive in Korea, is now reported to have been killed in action. The telegram came to his father, Lot Beacher, Sr. His death is the thirtieth in Schuylkill county in the present Korean war.

8. Obituary: on 9 Jan 1952 in Saint Clair, Schuylkill, PA. ST. CLAIR WAR HERO IS LAID TO REST.
A military funeral was held on Tuesday for Pvt. John Beecher, St. Clair, first St. Clair boy to have lost his life in Korea, from his late home, 150 S Third St., Mass was celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church by the Rev. Stephen Knute, assisted by the Rev. Michael Sirak, deacon, and the Rev. John Feeser, sub deacon. Father Knute delivered the sermon, gave absolution of the body and also conducted committal services in the parish cemetery.
Military rites, in charge of St. Clair Welfare Council, was in command of John Jewell. Color guards, color bearers and honor guards were: Joseph Leddy, Albert Hentz, Frank Novski, Peter Kapsha, Edward Barry, Michael Tobin, Kipling Strausser, Edward Jacoby and Peter Zulick.
The firing squad was composed of Joseph Maley, John Uhrin, Charles Premich, John Watunya, John Lutzkanin, John Kudlick, Adam Giemza and Anthony Marcavage. Cyril Wochock was the bugler.
The pall bearers were: Joseph Colna, Francis Tirolo, Michael Melnic, Albert Kanezo, Francis Kubich and Edward Tokarick. Collihan Funeral Service was in charge.


1 Billion Graves Index, http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/JohnSBeacher/2600361.

2 Ancestry.com, U.S., Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957 (National Archives and Records Administration. Korean War Casualty File, 2/13/1950-12/31/1953 [Archival Database]; Records on Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties, 1950-1970; Records of the Adjutant General's Office, Record Group 407; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.), John Steve Beacher.

3 Ancestry.com, U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.), John Steven Beacher, b. 11 Jun 1927.

4 Ancestry.com, Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012 (Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Bureau of Archives and History. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), John S. Beacher b. 10 Jun 1927.

5 U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO DIED FROM HOSTILE ACTION (INCLUDING MISSING AND CAPTURED) IN THE KOREAN WAR, 1950-1957 (http://www.archives.gov/research_room/research_topics/korean_war_casualty_lists/pa_alphabetical.html).

6 The Morning Press (Bloomsburg, PA) (Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania), 5 Dec 1951, page 10.

7 1930 United States Census, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHH9-3X6 Lodi Beacher, Saint Clair, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania; citing enumeration district (ED) 0153, sheet 1B, family 10, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2147.

8 Pottsville Republican (Pottsville, PA), 07/20/1945 Page 14.

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