Posted by: Jacqui Murray | March 19, 2014

Wednesday Hero: Maj. Don Beerbower

Maj. Don BeerbowerMaj. Don Beerbower
U.S. Air Force 22 years old from Hill City, Minnesota
353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force
August 26, 1921 – August 9, 1944

A fighter pilot who has brought down five or more enemy aircraft was called a flying ace. From December 1943 to Aug. 9, 1944, Beerbower became a triple ace, shooting down more than 15 German planes, making him the second highest ace in the 9th Air Force.

Due to pilot losses and Beerbower’s own advancements based on flying and leadership skills, Beerbower was promoted to major and made squadron commander in June 1944 — less than nine months after his arrival in Europe. At only 22 years old, he already was a great fighter pilot, respected and liked by the men in his squadron.You can read more about Maj. Beerbower here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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  1. Another great tribute, Jacqui. Tomorrow I will be putting in a link to this site in my next post because of the Wednesday Heroes – hope you don’t mind – but also hope you get some extra visits for this wonderful site of yours. I want people to see what a terrific job you’re doing.

    • Thanks so much, GP. I appreciate that. I want to give high school students interested in USNA a flavor of the real warrior’s world. And sometimes that’s stepping into the shoes of a hero. My favorite part of this blog is chatting with excited, inspired teens planning their future.

      • Avery rewarding result of your hard work on this site, to say the least.

  2. Frankly I am very disappointed by the turn-out of new readers from my link to you. I believe I’ll reblog a post from you one day soon – this site deserves more notice. (Also – try using the tags : Veterans, History, WWII, etc.) Just trying to help; not pushy.

    • I get a steady number of visitors–couple hundred a day–and I think it’s mostly parents of kids who want to attend USNA. Even when I try to extend outward with a variety of posts, I don’t seem to have much impact. Sigh. It’s still a good life.

      I can only imagine the size of your readership! You do a great job over there.

  3. Reblogged this on pacificparatrooper and commented:
    This is one post from Jacqui Murray’s Wednesday Hero collection. I sincerely hope you will join us in honoring Major Don Beerbower of th 9th U.S. Air Force. Thank you.

    • Thanks for the reblog, GP. It’s been fun chatting with all the visitors!

      • That makes my day, Jacqui! ❗

  4. Thanks for sharing this Gpox! Great tribute and what an accomplishment.

    This is a fascinating blog…great premise…good for you, Jacqui!

    • Thanks, Mrs. P! There’s so much more to attending a military academy than great education and military structure. I want to share that with teens.

  5. young heros steal everyone’s hearts and souls for they are a rare breed who die so you can live and in our living they live – like when an organ donor bequeaths an organ and it enables you.

    • What a wonderful way to look at it, Indrajit. Thanks.

  6. As we should honor them all – they are what keeps us free.

    • I wonder why that isn’t obvious to everyone. Sigh.

  7. A great historical look at a very great hero.
    A triple Ace has got to be a legend and a Squadron Leader at such a young age.
    Definitely an Airman in the Hall of Fame.

    • I’m constantly amazed by these guys.

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