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Age: 25
Sergeant - United States Marines
DOD: 9-25-1951

Sgt Bethards was sent to Korea in September of 1950, and as a member of Headquarters Company, First Amphibious Tractor Battalion of the First Marine Division, participated in the Inchon Landing. Sgt Bethards became seriously ill and entered U.S. Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, where he died.

PARENTS: Father - Ohmer S. Bethards of Wood River and mother - Mrs. Ethel Webb of St. Louis

FAMILY: Brothers - Capt. Leonard Bethards and Leo Bethards
Sister - Mrs. Virginia Dunbar

Sgt Bethards, a native of Wood River, graduated from EAWRCHS in 1944.
He was employed by Standard Oil following graduation and until he entered the Merchant Marine in November of 1944. In 1946, he returned to Wood River and resumed work at the oil refinery until 1947 when he joined the Third Infantry Battalion, U. S. Marine Corps. His unit was activated in July of 1950

FUNERAL SERVICES: Visitation was held at Streeper Funeral Home and services were conducted at the First Baptist Church in Wood River by Rev. Earl J. White.

BURIAL: Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, IL.