Marysville in Union County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Major General Robert Sprague Beightler
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 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
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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 14.18′ N, 83° 22.026′ W. Marker is in Marysville, Ohio, in Union County. Marker 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cyprian Lee House / Colonel Noah Orr, “Union County Giant” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct The Oldest Brick House in Marysville (about 400 feet away); Union County Veterans Monument (about 500 feet away); Union County, Ohio / Union County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Virginia Military District (about 600 feet away); The Civil War Cannons (about 600 feet away); American Legion Memorial Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); American Legion Memorial Park / Marysville Municipal Swimming Pool (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marysville.
Also see . . . Robert Sprague Beightler from Ohio History. Type in Robert Beightler's name and see a list of articles and photos. (Submitted on July 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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