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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 1, 2011 / 26 Adar II, 5771

WWII soldier receives Bronze Medal --- 66 years after heroic rescue

By Bridget Carey


John Beaugard as a 19-year-old infantryman for the U.S. Army during World War II




At 85, an Army infantryman finally gets his due


JewishWorldReview.com |

cORAL, Fla. — (MCT) While under heavy enemy fire around Luxembourg, 19-year-old Private Jean “John” P. Beaugard volunteered to run through an open field to save an injured soldier and carry him back to safety.

And 66 years later, on a Thursday in Doral, the Vero Beach resident was honored for his bravery with the Bronze Star, given by Lt. Gen. Ken Keen at the U.S. Southern Command.

It was a war story Beaugard never told his family – not his four children, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, or even his wife of 61 years. But when his oldest son Jean, who also goes by John, 59, started to research his father’s time in the military, he discovered the military owed him the medal.

The process to get the award began when Beaugard’s son John took a trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. When he didn’t see his father’s name, he began to dig up records of his father and the 318th Infantry Regiment, to see what he did during the war.

Two years and loads of paperwork later, the military corrected Beaugard’s record with the award of the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and one additional bronze service star to his campaign medal. Beaugard, 85, only learned of the honor a year ago.

“I’m overwhelmed with this whole thing,” Beaugard said before the ceremony. “I never expected it. I was just one of millions of soldiers.”

Tears welled in several family members who came to witness the event. His wife Patricia, 83, fought back tears to simply describe her feelings as “Proud.”

His daughter, Elizabeth, recalled her reactions when she first learned of the story: “You mean he was running out under fire to save someone? What? You didn’t tell me that part, Dad.”

Beaugard was drafted into the army and arrived for duty on Jan. 7, 1945, assigned to a company within the 80th Infantry Division that was part of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army.

Beaugard’s company was part of the Battle of the Bulge, known as the largest and bloodiest battle Americans fought during World War II.

The entire 80th Infantry Division captured 212,295 enemy soldiers during the war; Beaugard was among the 17,087 men injured or killed.

There was one moment in combat where a fellow soldier from New Orleans, nicknamed Frenchy, was seriously injured and couldn’t get to safety. Officers asked for volunteers to run through the rain of fire to carry him back.

“There was a lot of fire,” Beaugard recalled. “Nobody stood up right away, but I felt that I should, and I did. I was accompanied by three other men.”


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But several weeks after the heroic event, Beaugard had to be hospitalized. Like many other soldiers suffering through the cold and wet conditions, he had to be treated for trench foot, a foot infection that for many leads to amputation. But Beaugard recovered, and he was honorably discharged on July 27, 1945.

“You look at the condition they fought in, cold and wet,’’ Keen said. “You really appreciate what those men went through.”

The New Jersey-native went back to his home state where he started a family and worked for 40 years at Public Service Electric & Gas Co. In 1990, he and his wife retired to Vero Beach.

“Private Beaugard is a shining example of the citizen soldier that was called to war, served, and quietly went about his way to make a great life for himself and his family,” Keen said.

This was the first Bronze Star awarded at the Southern Command’s new facility that opened Dec. 17. A family relative -- Richard Zimmelman, whose cousin Amy is Beaugard's daughter-in-law -- works as a financial counselor for the members of Southern Command. Zimmelman asked if Southern Command could host a proper recognition for Beaugard -- or else the medal would simply be sent in the mail.

“I must say, sometimes our army is late in presenting awards,” Keen said during the presentation. “But never let it be said that we do not correct the record, and eventually accomplish the mission, as we’re doing here today.”

When asked what was the best and worst parts of his military experience, Beaugard gave the same answer for both: “Being on the front lines where all the action is.”

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