Unknown Sailor

CM3c Henry Carl Beerman

Henry Carl Beerman was born Nov. 16, 1919, near Thermopolis, Wyoming.

His mother, Hattie Gertscher Beerman, was a homemaker and his father, William Beerman, a farmer. They were German immigrants.

By the time of the 1930 Census the family had moved to East Tieton, Washington, near Yakima, where the father was a fruit farmer. 

Henry Beerman graduated from the high school in Tieton and enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 5, 1939. He was a carpenter’s mate third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

The Beerman American Legion post in Tieton was organized in March 1946.

A brother, William J. Beerman, served as an engineer gunner on a B-24 bomber during the war. A November 1944 news story said he had completed 50 missions over Europe.

Sources: The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington; the Yakima (Washington) Herald; Census; Navy muster roll; Veterans Administration. Navy photo. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.
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