Thanks for your question. I enjoyed doing the research on this one a lot.
I?ve got a search strategy listed below, but I wanted to take you
through my line of reasoning. The social security death index lists
two Lucius Beebes. One of these had a SSN issued in Pennsylvania. This
particular Lucius Beebe last received benefits in Charleston, South
Carolina. Going on the assumption that this might be your Lucius
Beebe, I checked out the Charleston papers and found an obituary
referencing a distinguished career in the Air Force during World War
II, and that he was the son of a Lucius Beebe and Lillie T. Keim
Beebe. A search on his mother?s name turned up the obituary of a
sister and a Philadelphia connection. Details are below.
According to the Social Security Death Index, Lucius Beebe was born on
5 December 1917. He died in Charleston, South Carolina on 25 June 1995
Social Security Death Index
Beebe was the son of Lucius Beebe and Lillie T. Keim Beebe, of
Philadelphia. He wanted to get into the war even before America had
declared it. To that end, he joined the Canadian Air Force. After the
U.S. declared war, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force, where he
served with distinction. He was awarded the Silver Star, the
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. Toward
the end of the war, his plane was shot down (more on that below), and
he was taken prisoner by the Japanese. According to one article, a few
days before his execution date, the second bomb was dropped and Japan
surrendered. According to the author, by the time Lieutenant Colonel
Beebe was liberated, he had lost more than 40 percent of his body
He evidently continued his career in the Air Force until the late
1960s, when he, his wife, and their children moved to Charleston.
Beebe earned a doctorate and became a professor at The Citadel in the
political science department. He was an expert on Southeast Asian and
South African affairs. He died at age 77 in Staunton, VA, and was
interred in Arlington National Cemetery.
?Former Citadel Teacher Lucius Beebe Dies.? The Post and Courier, June
28, 1995, p.A14.
Obituaries. The Post and Courier, June 30, 1995, p.A24.
?Col. Beebe Contributed Much,? by Randell C. Stoney, Jr. The Post and
Courier, July 30, 1995, p.A16.
I cannot post these articles in their entirety as that would violate
copyright, but many libraries either hold microfilm copies of ?The
Post & Courier,? and they are probably indexed in several general
article databases that you could access from most public or academic
Failing that, the Post & Courier's contact information is:
134 Columbus Street
Charleston, SC 29403-4800
When Beebe?s plane (the Kickapoo Lou) was shot down over the Sea of
Japan in 1945, he and others from the crew became POWs.
56 Years Ago
The obituary of his sister, the late Mary Elizabeth Miller, confirms
the same parentage, and shows Philadelphia connections.
Conway Public Library/Obituaries October ? December 2000
lucius beebe lillie keim
lucius beebe "air force" japan
lucius beebe ?the citadel?
I hope this answers your question. If you need further assistance or
if the links do not work, please ask for clarification before rating
my answer and I?ll do my best to assist you.