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Bill Beigel      

American Military & Casualty Scholar Specializing in World War II, the Korean & Vietnam Wars

Bill Beigel is an American military casualty researcher, specializing in facts relating to Americans who died or went missing in active duty in World War II and the U.S. wars in Korea and Vietnam. Beigel’s research assists individuals and groups in learning the circumstances of military deaths in 20th-Century wars, as next-of-kin usually received very little information during wartime and information remains difficult to obtain today. To date, Beigel has researched more than sixteen hundred individuals and over a dozen groups for more than a thousand clients. Bill Beigel holds a BA in History and a Masters in Geography, both from UCLA. His research is conducted at the behest of individuals, veterans’ groups, communities, universities and others. He speaks on topics related to loss of life in specific military operations in WWII and gives detailed accounts of individuals and crews killed; he also discusses research methods, the difficulties in obtaining circumstances of deaths in war time and in the present day, and topics related to his forthcoming book about the controversial repatriation of American WWII dead. Bill Beigel’s work has been featured in the U.S. and Europe by USA Today, Fox News, CBS News, the Los Angeles News Group, War History Online, and many other outlets. A large collection of Beigel’s research was recently accepted into the American Air Museum in Duxford, England. His WWII blog is ranked in the top 20 most popular WWII sites worldwide.


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Presentation topics include:

  • Researching Records from the U.S. Military Archives
  • Missing Air Crew Histories
  • Histories of Individual Soldiers, including “Up to the Final Moments”
  • Casualty Letters From Family Members to Washington DC
  • Why it means so Much to Families to learn the Truth of When and How Their Loved-Ones Died
  • Research for Academic, Local and State Monuments
  • Adoption of American Graves Overseas
  • “Return of the WWII Dead,” 73,000 WWII Dead Still Missing

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