DIRK VAN BEUSEKOM RITES
Burial at Arlington for Officer in Royal Netherlands Navy
WASHINGTON, June 15, 1943 – The United States accorded burial in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors today to Lieutenant Commander Dirk van Beusekom of the Royal Netherlands Navy, who died on Saturday of injuries received in an accident in the line of duty.
Commander van Beusekom, who was attached to a Netherlands warship in United States waters at his death, was the first Netherlands military man to be buried in Arlington. The Rev. Bernard Braskamp, pastor of the Gunton Temple Presbyterian Church in Washington, read the service in Dutch.
Among those present were Commander Beusekom’s shipmates; Baron V. van Boetzelaer, Netherlands Minister here; Rear Admiral J. E. Meijer Panneft, Naval Attaché of the Netherlands Embassy and commander J. Blaauboer, Assistant Naval Attaché.
VAN BEUSEKOM, DIRK
LT COM NETHERLANDS ROYAL NAVY
DATE OF DEATH: 06/12/1943
BURIED AT: SECTION 15 SITE 87
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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