Beck, William "Bill", Jr., TMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Torpedoman's Mate
Primary Unit
1945-1967, TM-0000, CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1941 - 1967
TM-Torpedoman's Mate
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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Thomasville, NC
Last Address
204 Hinkle St.
Thomasville, NC

Date of Passing
Dec 30, 2013
Location of Interment
Holly Hill Memorial Park - Thomasville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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United States Navy Memorial
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Swanson (DD-443)CNO - OPNAV
  1942-1945, TM-0000, USS Swanson (DD-443)
  1945-1967, TM-0000, CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings1
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 31, 1941, Service entry date & Serial Number
  May 28, 1942, Reported on Swanson 1942
  Jul 22, 1942, Temporary Transferred to Naval Torpedo Station Newport, RI
  Dec 30, 2013, Obituary
  Jan 01, 2014, General Photos
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Last Known Activity

He was born on September 1, 1923 in Thomasville, NC where he has lived all his life except for military service during World War II. 

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Martha R. Beck of the home and four children; daughter, Brenda Wood and husband Roger of Clemmons; son Jerry and wife Barbara of Lexington; daughter Reba Brewer and husband Bill of Lenoir; and son D. Keith and wife Tammy of Lexington; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is mourned by one sister, Patricia (Pat) Miller of Sophia and one brother, Delbert Beck and wife Judy of Thomasville. He was preceded in death by his father, William Odell Beck; his mother, Mary Cloniger Beck; sister, Lusgcille Beck Cross; and three brothers, Charles (Cobby), Larry, and Colon (Mack) Beck.

He was proud of his service during World War II in the Solomon Islands of the Pacific where he made the rank of Chief Torpedoman before he was twenty-one. He retired from the Naval Reserves after 26 years of service. Friends and family have referred to him affectionately as “Chief” ever since and he loved it.

Love and respect for his country was instilled in his family by him always through words and actions. His favorite hobby was keeping in touch with friends on his ham radio. He was a faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church for over 60 years and served on the Official Board, as Sunday School Superintendent, and teacher to the men’s Sunday school class. In his younger days he was also a scout master at Bethel and Wesleyan Methodist Churches which led to his love of camping which he shared with his family for many years.

Being a member of the Thomasville Masonic Lodge and the lodge in Denton, NC was of great importance to him and from which life-long friendships were formed. In addition to the Masons, he was also a member of the Thomasville Jaycees, a T-ville camping club, and a toastmaster club. He was employed at Bryant Electric Company in High Point for 20 years and retired from Thomasville Furniture after 21 years. He and Martha enjoyed camping trips to Florida and Charleston, SC as well as the mountains of North Carolina well into retirement.

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