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Major General Robert Sprague Beightler

 
 
Major General Robert Sprague Beightler Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., 20090503
1. Major General Robert Sprague Beightler Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  
Side A:

Robert Sprague Beightler was born in 1892 in Marysville. A graduate of Marysville High School, he began his career as a soldier in 1911, when he enlisted as a private in Marysville's guard unit, Company E, Fourth Ohio Infantry Regiment. He served in Mexico from 1916-1917, World War I from 1917-1919, and World War II from 1940-1945. From his stint with the Ohio Infantry, he rose in rank to command the famous 37th Ohio National Guard Buckeye Division as Major General during WWII. Beightler was one of the most successful National Guard Generals and the only National Guard General to lead his troops through both training and combat in WWII. He was with his troops through 700 days of fighting in the South Pacific Theater. Fighting occurred on Bougainville Island and in the islands of New Georgia and the Philippines.
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At the end of World War II, Major General Robert Beightler was commissioned in the regular army. After processing his troops home, he returned to Ohio in December 1945 with the 37th Ohio
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National Guard. Beightler also served in international, national, and state leadership roles, including the military Governor for Okinawa, United States War Department General Staff, head of the Ohio State Highway Department, and Director and Board member of the Ohio Turnpike Commission. Robert Beightler died in February 1978 and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery. In 1969 and 2007, as a testimonial to his dedication to his country and success in leading the Buckeye Division in combat, the City of Marysville officially recognized his contributions by giving Fifth Street the honorary name “General Beightler Way.”
 
Erected 2007 by American Legion Post 79, VFW Post 3320, Disabled American Veterans Post 55, City of Marysville, Marysville Uptown Renewal Team, Union County Chamber of Commerce, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-80.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismRoads & VehiclesWar, ColdWar, World IWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1978.
 
Location. 40° 14.18′ N, 83° 22.026′ W. Marker is in Marysville, Ohio, in Union County. Marker
Major General Robert Sprague Beightler Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., 20090503
2. Major General Robert Sprague Beightler Marker (Side B)
is at the intersection of Main Street (Ohio Route 38) and Fifth Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marysville OH 43040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Noah Orr (a few steps from this marker); Cyprian Lee House / Colonel Noah Orr, “Union County Giant” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Oldest Brick House in Marysville (about 400 feet away); Marysville Journal-Tribune Clock (about 400 feet away); Marysville, Ohio (about 400 feet away); Reuben L. Partridge (about 400 feet away); Friendship Garden (about 400 feet away); Union County Veterans Monument (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marysville.
 
Major General Robert Sprague Beightler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., 20090503
3. Major General Robert Sprague Beightler Marker
Looking north along Main Street. Marker at far right.
Photo of Major General Robert Sprague Beightler on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., 20090503
4. Photo of Major General Robert Sprague Beightler on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,713 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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