22 years old
from Hill City, Minnesota
353d Fighter Squadron,
354th Fighter Group,
9th Air Force
August 26, 1921 – August 9, 1944
A fighter pilot who has brought down five or more enemy aircraft was called a flying ace. From December 1943 to Aug. 9, 1944, Beerbower became a triple ace, shooting down more than 15 German planes, making him the second highest ace in the 9th Air Force.
Due to pilot losses and Beerbower’s own advancements based on flying
and leadership skills, Beerbower was promoted to major and made squadron commander in June 1944 — less than nine months after his arrival in Europe. At only 22 years old, he already was a great fighter pilot, respected and liked by the men in his squadron.
You can read more about Maj. Beerbower here
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These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
They Just Don’t Know Where To Look
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