SGT JOHN W. BETHARDS (Age 25) Sergeant - United
States Marines DOD: 9-25-1951
Sgt Bethards was sent to Korea in September of 1950, and as a
member of Headquarters Company, First Amphibious Tractor
Battalion of the First Marine Division, participated in the
Inchon Landing. Sgt Bethards became seriously ill and entered
U.S. Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, where he died.
PARENTS: Father - Ohmer S.
Bethards of Wood River and mother - Mrs. Ethel Webb of St.
FAMILY: Brothers - Capt. Leonard Bethards and Leo
Bethards Sister - Mrs. Virginia Dunbar
a native of Wood River, graduated from EAWRCHS in 1944. He
was employed by Standard Oil following graduation and until he
entered the Merchant Marine in November of 1944. In 1946, he
returned to Wood River and resumed work at the oil refinery
until 1947 when he joined the Third Infantry Battalion, U. S.
Marine Corps. His unit was activated in July of 1950
FUNERAL SERVICES: Visitation was held at Streeper Funeral Home
and services were conducted at the First Baptist Church in
Wood River by Rev. Earl J. White.