Dickinson County

Raymond Lockwood Bean
Born 7 Jul 1920
Died 11 Jul 1945



Raymond Bean, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Bean of Arnolds Park, was killed while on duty in the South Pacific July 11. His parents were notified by official telegram July 14. He was a graduate of Arnolds Park high school and had been serving on a tanker since completion of basic training and steam fitters’ school at Great Lakes.

- Cut courtesy of Sioux City Journal

Source: The Milford Mail, Milford, Iowa, Tuesday, July 17 1945 (photo included)


Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Bean of Arnolds Park received an official telegram Saturday, stating their son Raymond, 25, had been killed while on duty in the Pacific area. Because the wire did not state “killed in action,” the family is inclined to believe death was caused by some accident. It was given as July 11, 1945.

The young man was known to be on a tanker, where he had served for some time. He was a steam fitter, second class, and had told his parents that he was very happy with his job. He visited them for 10 day sin California last August and spoke highly of his work and officers.

He enlisted in the navy July 7, 1942, and reported for duty that August 10. He had been graduated from the Arnolds Park high school in 1938 and had worked with his father in the plumbing and hardware shop and in a shop at Estherville, before he enlisted.

He had written home that he had spent some time prior to July 1 with WAVE Miguel, also of Arnolds Park, and a high school friend.

Surviving besides his parents, is a sister, Wilma Jean, also of Arnolds Park. His father is a veteran of World War I. The Bean family returned here in May after Mr. Bean had been doing war work in California for several years.

Raymond was born in Spencer, July 7, 1920, and attended school there. His parents moved to Arnolds Park so he entered the eighth grade and finished school there. He was president of his class during the four high school years.

At Great Lakes, the Park youth took special work to prepare him as a steam fitter, work that he very much liked as it was with refrigeration and plumbing. He had told his parents and friends that he liked the plumbing business and meant to learn as much as possible about it while in the navy.

He served only at Great Lakes and aboard the tanker on the Pacific.

The youth was a member of the Methodist church at Spencer, and attended Calvary Methodist church and Sunday school at Arnolds Park.

Source: The Milford Mail, Milford, Iowa, Thursday, July 19, 1945