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Forrest Dorvan Beerbower
AMM3c

USS Salt Lake City CA25
1942-1945
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USS SLC... Enlisted Navy...Forrest D. Beerbower, AMM3c

US FLAG Forrest passed away Feb. 16th, 2001
May 25th, 2001
Sandy,

I am the son of Forrest D. Beerbower who was one of the shipmates and Association Members of the USS Salt Lake City CA25. It is my regret that I bring you news of another shipmates passing away. My father passed away on February 16th, 2001 at 5:30 PM in his home after a short battle with cancer. His battle started in late November, 2000 and was hard fought to the end, but to no avail.

Here is a brief history of my father:

Dad's first wife, Dorothy, my mother, had died on Jan. 30th, 1982, also from a short battle with cancer. My father's second wife, Hazel, died sometime in 1993 as a result of a long battle with cancer. Dad's third wife, Mary, died March 9th, 2001, three weeks after dad. I believe she died from a broken heart as she missed him so much, as we all do.

Forrest & Dorothy (aka: Frosty & Dot) had 6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys. They all lived in the same family home all their lives and it appears that my youngest brother is going to buy the home and use it as his residence.

Forrest & Hazel had no children nor did he & Mary, but each had plenty of grandchildren and great grandchildren to love and spoil.

After leaving the service my father returned to the homestead in Satsop with his parents and began his working career in the town next door (McCleary) in a Door Factory, owned and operated by Simpson Door Co. He actually worked there before the war and returned after the war. His career at Simpson was shortly interrupted just before he enlisted. He had went to Portland, Oregon to enlist but was not old enough yet so he worked in a shipyard there for 6 months until he was of age. He was a little anxious, as some of his brothers were already serving and he felt it was his turn. Shortly after returning to his home and to his regular working career, he met my mother and they were married and began the life together in Elma.

He was always involved in many community activities and was a leader in his local VFW, Legion and 40et8(?). He was always so proud of his service to his country and community.

After my mother's death, he married his second wife, Hazel. When she became ill, his life changed. He began to focus much more on the family and the care giving to his wife. This experience changed the way he saw many things in his life. After Hazel's death he just couldn't stand being alone so he & Mary found each other and were married. They lived a very happy life....visiting and helping with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever possible.

As you probably already know, a letter is just to short, even to summarize someone's life. All I have tried to do here is give a glimpse at his.

It is with great regret that I had to write this letter, but with overwhelming "Honor", I am writing this letter about one of our nations heroes. Forrest Dorvan Beerbower....my father.

Sincerely,

Steve Beerbower

If you wish to contact Steve Beerbower about his father, please write to Sandy for his mailing address.

#10 in picture of "V" Division, Aviation Unit, June 1st, 1945
#26 in 6th Division, 1944-Group ID#110
#3 in 1995 SLC Reunion Group picture
SLC Deck Log Dec. 1942
Attended the following SLC Reunions:   1995  1997


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Forrest D. & Dorothy Beerbower

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Forrest D. Beerbower

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Beerbower Family, May 1988
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