The True Story of an American WWII Hero (2012)

This is the true story of Harry Beeman, Gunner's Mate First Class on board the USS Ellet during many historic battles. This is a compilation of memories from his front porch in the Midwest to the front lines of battle.


Joe G. Lenders


Joe G. Lenders
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Harry Beeman was just 19 when he enlisted in the US Navy. Serving aboard the Destroyer USS Ellet in the Pacific Ocean, Harry was a Gunner's Mate First Class. A true hero, Harry saved many men as a Navy swimmer. When planes were downed in the ocean, Harry would jump from the deck and tow line tied to a life vest out to the fliers. When he was not saving fliers, Harry was manning a gun shooting down the enemy aircraft, including the suicidal Kamakazi pilots. Wounded in battle, Harry kept fighting and saving his fellow servicemen. He even piloted the most dangerous boats in battle, the Higgins Boat landing craft that brought Marines ashore in Iwo Jima. The footage used in this presentation and still photos are from the United States Federal Archives. Harry tells his story in his own words. Some brief encounters with future Presidents John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush are high points in Harry's story. You are sure to enjoy Harry's opinion of the famous Japanese Admirals along with his ... Written by Jozef Lenders

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4 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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$6,000 (estimated)
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Harry Beeman: I want everyone to know it was an honor, it was fun, I enjoyed every minute of it.
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