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Joseph William Beacham, Jr.
Brigadier General, United States Army
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Born at Brooklyn, New York, April 8, 1874, he graduated with a LLB degree from Cornell University in 1897; was a distiguished graduate of the Army School of the Line, 1915; graduated from the Army Staff College, 1916; from the Army War College, 1921. He married Bernadette Herman, June 1925 (she died on April 14, 1948).

He served in the Spanish-American War, 1898; the Philippine Insurrection, 1901; World War I, 1918. He had been commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1890 and advanced through the grades to Brigadier General, 1940. He was an instructor at the Army War College, 1921-35; Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Cornell Univeristy, 1927-32, and the University of Pennsylvania, 1934-38; retired from the Army in 1938.

He was the coach of the West Point Army Football Team, 1908-11 and was Dwight D. Eisenhower's coach during Ike's years at the Academy. He won the Silver Star Medal in the Philippines.

He died on July 28, 1958 and was buried in Section 11 of Arlington National Cemetery.


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