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James D. Beane

22nd Aero Squadron

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:




Grave Location:

Plot B, Row 45, Grave 39

In February 1918, 1st Lt. Beane was assigned to the 22nd Aero Squadron. Beane was severely wounded when attacked by several enemy planes, but extricated himself and brought back his machine.

A few months later eight enemy Fokker planes attacked Beane’s patrol. He attempted to divert their attention by diving into the middle of the attack. With a remarkable disregard for his personal safety, he shot down one of the Fokkers in flames. Four other Fokkers joined in the battle, one of which was destroyed by Beane.

The next day Beane engaged in his last “dog fight.” He was listed among the missing until the Armistice, when his name was found in German records as killed in action.

Awards: Distinguished Service Cross and French Croix de Guerre

Distinguished Service Cross

James D. Beane is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot B, Row 45, Grave 39.