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Chester Joseph Beyma was born January 5, 1907, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Marquette University June 1930, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.

Following his graduation, he was appointed as a Deck Officer on July 14, 1930, and then commissioned as an Ensign on March 10, 1931. During his 34-year career, he served aboard the following ships: OCEANOGRAPHER, GUIDE, SURVEYOR, BOWIE, and the PIONEER. His other assignments included level and triangulation parties throughout the United States, chief of party for combined operations, instructor at the Naval Amphibious Training Unit, the San Francisco District Office and at the time of his retirement in 1964, as the District Officer at Kansas City, Missouri.

During World War II, Captain Beyma was transferred to the War Department and served from January 20, 1944 to February 17, 1946, with the U.S. Army. He received the following medals and ribbon: World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Battle Stars, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.

Captain Beyma was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle and is survived by his children, Joe J. and Dennis C.


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