Beckmann, Francis, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Military Intelligence
Last Primary MOS
9666-Counterintelligence Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 34A, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV)
Service Years
1944 - 1970

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Home Town
Cape Girardeau
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Feb 02, 2007
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Colonel Beckmann, a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and a West Point graduate, served in the Army from 1944 to 1970, with posts in the Philippines, Korea, Alaska, Texas, Italy, Alabama, Vietnam and Southeast Asia, and Fort Meade.

He was a military policeman, public information officer, military historian and intelligence officer. He published military histories of Alaska, Italy and Vietnam. In 1960, he received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Among his military honors were two awards of the Bronze Star Medal.

After leaving the Army in 1970, Colonel Beckmann worked for the next 12 years on the sheriff's force in Fairfax County, retiring in 1982.

He enjoyed history, collected stamps and coins, and was an outdoorsman. He was also a member of the Lions Club.

His marriage to Elizabeth Bodmer Beckmann ended in divorce.

His wife of 44 years, Suzanna Wilson Beckmann, died in 2000.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Lynn H. Lutjen of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Timothy Hoare of Overland, Kansas; three children from his second marriage, Eleanor B. Coppola of McLean, Natalie M. Beckmann of Seattle and Catherine B. Serbanica of Chatham, New Jersey; and three grandchildren.


Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) FRANCIS RIDLEY BECKMANN, a career United States Army Military Officer, died February 2, 2007, after a brief but intense battle with cancer. He was born on December 22, 1926 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He attended Castle Heights and West Point Military Academies and pursued post-graduate journalism studies at the Sullivan School of New York and Southeast Missouri State University.

His career as a United States Army Military Officer spanned three decades from 1944 until his retirement in 1970. Tours of active duty included: the Philippines 1945-46, Korea 1950-53, Alaska 1956-59, Texas 1960-62, Italy 1963-65, Alabama 1965-68, Vietnam and Southeast Asia 1968-70 (two tours of duty), and finally Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

During his military career he was a Military Policeman, a Public Information Officer, a Military Historian with published military histories of Alaska, Italy, and Vietnam, and finally an Intelligence Officer. After his retirement from the United States Army in 1970 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, he entered civilian law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff for Fairfax County from 1970-1982.

During his tenure as a United State Army Military Officer, Colonel Beckmann was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal and Commendation, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, United Nations Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, among others.

In 1956 he met and married Suzanna Wilson of Washington, D.C. in Anchorage, Alaska; Suzanna Wilson Beckmann preceded him in death suddenly on November 4, 2000. He is survived by five adult children: Eleanor B. Coppola of McLean, Virginia, Natalie M. Beckmann of Seattle, Washington, Catherine B. Serbanica of Chatham, New Jersey, Lynn H. Lutjen of Blue Springs, Missouri and Timothy Hoare of Overland, Kansas; and three grandchildren: Stan Serbanica, III and Meredith Serbanica of Chatham, NJ and Christopher Coppola of McLean, Virginia.
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Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1967-1968, 34A, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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United States Military AcademySoutheast Missouri State University
  1944-1946, United States Military Academy
  1975-1978, Southeast Missouri State University
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