Carl Dean Beck

November 21, 1925 to September 13, 2015

World War II veteran Carl Beck always reminded people that freedom is not free. The decorated paratrooper shared that message with school, civic, and military groups he spoke to about his war experiences. Beck parachuted into Normandy on June 6, 1944, and again in 1994 and 2004 for 50th and 60th anniversaries of the D-Day invasion.
Beck was admired for his kind spirit and his passion for preserving World War II history for future generations. "He believed in the old notion that if you don't study history, we are doomed to repeat it," said friend and former Army Airborne Ranger Christian O. Stevens of Canton. "He cared for others, and he never wanted anyone to forget the sacrifices of veterans. He was a true American hero." Beck of Atlanta died Sunday of complications from a fall on June 6 in Florida, where he was celebrating the 71st anniversary of D-Day. He was 89.

Date of Birth: November 21, 1925
High School Graduation: May 1951
Military: US Army (WW2) Enlistment - December 1942
Military: US Army (WW2) Parachuted into Normandy - June 6, 1944
Military: US Army Reenlistment - 1946
Engagement: Virginia Gaston - ????
Wedding: Virginia Gaston - 1956
Military: US Army Retirement - July 1963
Passing of Virginia Gaston Beck - 1993
Military: US Army (D-Day 50th anniversary) Parachuted into Normandy - June 6, 1994
Military: US Army (D-Day 60th anniversary) Parachuted into Normandy - June 6, 2004
Date of Passing: September 13, 2015

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US Army - WW2

H-Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment / 101st Airborne Division
Awarded Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Commendation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster
French Crois de Guerre
Belgian Forreguerre
Dutch Order of Wilhelms
On Jun 6, 2004 awarded the French Legion of Honor
Parachuted into Normandy on June 6, 1994 and again on Jun 7, 2004 to commemorate the 50th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day.

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If you don't study history, we are doomed to repeat it

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VIDEO: Georgia Public Broadcasting Interview

VIDEO: Carl Beck has his first encounter with prisoners in Northern Europe

Agnes Scott College (McCain Library) "Why Carl Beck is Awesome" Retirement Video



National WWII Museum Interview


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