Army Badge
  • Name: Bernard "Ben" Anthony Virginia
  • Location of Birth: Marble, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: October 24, 1922
  • Date of Death: March 5, 1999
  • Parents: Bernard Virginia, Sr. & Lena (Bonani) Virginia
  • High School and Class: 1940 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota - degree in engineering and business
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Bernard Anthony Virginia
    Race: White
    Age: 19
    Birth Date: October 24, 1922
    Birth Place: Marble, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Lerch Bros Inc., Calumet, Minnesota
    Weight: 175
    Height: 5-11
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Ben Virginia, Marble, Minnesota

    Ben served in the Army Air Corps in the Philippine Islands as a radio dispatcher during World War II.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Ben Virginia worked for General Motors, traveling out of New York and Chicago until taking a position with GMAC in Bettendorf, Iowa. In 1960 he left GMAC and purchased the Show Boat Inn in Rock Island, Illinois, renaming it Ben's Show Boat Inn. In 1968 he expanded and remodeled the facility as Ben's Gourmet House and was chef of his own kitchen. He loved cooking, traveling, artwork, and designing restaurants, both local and in Fort Lauderdale.

    Ben died in Moline, Illinois and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 151). He is survived by a brother, Anthony "Tony" Virginia, and a longtime friend, Gigi Hutt.

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