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Harold Beard - World War II
Harold Beard enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard prior to World War II, and in early 1941 was inducted into the active Army. He received training as a mechanic, and spent the last year of the war serving as a mechanic in an artillery unit in northern Europe. He experienced combat, and saw first hand the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp.
Private Harold Beard taken while a member of the Illinois National Guard prior to being called onto active duty in March of 1941. Note the 33rd Infantry Division patch on his left shoulder.
March of 1941