Frank E. Betz

Wins Silver Star in Sicilian Drive

LT. FRANK E. BETZ
First Lieutenant Frank E. Betz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Betz, Route 1, has been awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action, according to an official notice received by the parents.

The citation follows:
"For gallantry in action in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily on August 2, 1943. When communications temporarily failed during a large-scale attack on enemy positions, Lieutenant Betz ventured from a place of comparative safety and repaired these communications in the face of withering artillery, mortar and machine gun fire. His devotion to duty and courage constantly inspired the officers and men of his organization." 

Lieutenant Betz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and was practicing law at Madison when he entered service in 1941. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry after completing Officer Candidate School and was sent to England in July 1942. He was later promoted to First Lieutenant. He landed in Africa with the first American units and fought through the African and Sicilian Campaigns and is still engaged with the forces.


Corporal William Betz has arrived overseas, according to a cablegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Betz, Route 1, Eau Claire.

Corporal Betz enlisted in the Air Corps in June 1942 and was stationed in the Induction Center at Milwaukee. He was later transferred for training with a bomb squadron to the Myrtle Beach Bomb Range, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Corporal Betz has two brothers also in the Armed Services. First Lieutenant Frank E. Betz is at present stationed in England, after having served in the North African and Sicilian campaigns. Corporal Lyman S. Betz, a younger brother in the Army Air Corps, is also in England. Recently, word was received that the latter two brothers had a brief reunion in London.


Is Promoted to Captain, Serves with First Army

CAPT. FRANK BETZ
Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Joe Betz, Route 1, that their son, Frank, has been promoted to the rank of Captain, serving in the First American Army in Belgium.

Captain Betz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and was practicing law at Madison when he entered the service in 1941. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry after completing Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA in June 1942. Later, he was promoted to First Lieutenant.

Captain Betz was sent to England in July 1942. He landed in Africa with the First American units, fought through the African and Sicilian Campaigns, and was engaged with the forces in France on D-Day.

In August 1943, Captain Betz was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily. He was wounded on July 11, 1944 at Caumont, France and received the Purple Heart Award.  


Capt. Frank Betz On Leave After 24 Months Overseas
Captain Frank Betz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Betz, Route 1, is spending a 30-day leave here from the Belgium Front. He wears the French Legion of Honor, awarded for fighting under the French in Africa, the Silver Star for gallantry in action in the vicinity of Troina, Sicily; the Purple Heart for wounds received at Caumont, France on July 11, 1944; and the Bronze Star. 

Captain Betz has been serving in the European Theater of Operations for the past 34 months. He went to England in July 1942, landing in Africa with the first American units. He fought through the African and Sicilian Campaigns, and was engaged with forces in France on D-Day.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, he was practicing law at Madison when he entered the service in 1941. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry, after completing Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA in June1942. He was successively promoted to First Lieutenant and then to Captain last January.


Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Betz was a very successful lawyer in Eau Claire.