Charles "Ray" Raymond Beaudet

Army Badge
  • Name: Charles "Ray" Raymond Beaudet
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 3, 1916
  • Date of Death: January 29, 2009
  • Parents: Charles A. Beaudet & Laura (Miller) Beaudet
  • High School and Class: 1933 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: CAPT (Captain)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: January 23, 1944
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: California
    Name: Raymond Charles Beaudet
    Race: White
    Age: 24
    Birth Date: January 3, 1916
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Pacific Grove, Monterey, California, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Ford J. Twaits Co and Morrison Knudsen Company, Inc., Monterey, California
    Weight: 170
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Gray
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Laura Beaudet, mother, Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota

    Newspaper article - Feb 1945 – Letter from Lt. Ray Beaudet written in France the 4th of February: “Dear Friends: A few days ago I was the happy recipient of a Christmas box sent by the Service Club. It’s belated arrival was undoubtedly due to the fact that my unit was in transit for some time after our arrival in France and having been assigned several different APO numbers may also have caused delay. The gift, however, was just as greatly appreciated and I wish to thank the club and everyone at home whose kindness has made it possible. On reading the letters from the home town boys now in many parts of the world, I realize what a splendid organization your service club is. I greatly appreciated the snapshot of Coleraine and its surroundings and agree with many who mention it, that it is a beautiful little place. Before my outfit was sent to France, we spent three months in England and, in spite of the miserable rainy weather, the countryside is pretty and interesting. I did visit a number of interesting places. During my stay there, I contacted ‘Pee Wee’ (Wayne) Robbins, who is with the navy and shortly afterward we got together to talk over many interesting experiences. Later I had the surprise of making the same crossing with Donald Zingg of Marble and after a good visit with him, our units went different ways upon landing. Sometime after this I met Arvo Wirtanen in a transient area just before we pulled out. It was really nice seeing all three of them in such a short time. I watch closely every day for someone else I might know. I don’t suppose there is a great deal to say about France that has not already been written. The cities and towns I’ve been in have certainly been bombed, shelled and destroyed on German withdrawal. The majority of the people have few comforts and no luxuries. We have seen kids of five or six years old gathering bits of firewood and begging ‘C’ rations. Very few people are well dressed and prices are exorbitant. I suppose I feel as most others do; we wish to see an end to it and get home. Sincerely, Ray Beaudet.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean War

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  • Civilian Life:
    Charles R. Beaudet was an active member of the Camarillo VFW Post in California.

    Charles Raymond Beaudet died in Ventura, California and is buried with his wife Mildred in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California (plot 61-2479). He is survived by his wife, Mitzi; his children, Toni (Tim), Deborah Beaudet, Paula Thomas (Ray), David Beaudet, and Sheila (Pete) Moyes; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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