Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Victor F. Havens


  Funeral services for Pvt. Victory F. Havens of the famous 82nd All American Airborne Division, who died Sept. 21, 1944, of wounds received in action Sept. 20, 1944, at Beek, Holland, near Nymegen, will be held at the Beaverton Nazarene church at 2 o'clock on Sunday, January 30. Pvt. Havens will be at the Hall Funeral Home until 12:30, and will be taken to the church to lie in state from one o'clock until the hour of services. Services at the grave will be under the auspices of the Beaverton American Legion Post. Sermon and prayer service at the Funeral Home will be conducted by Rev. Charles Farmer of the Beaverton Church of the Nazerene, Leon Methner has been requested to sing three special hymns. The Beaverton post of the American Legion will assist in the service. Burial will be in the Beaverton cemetery.

  Victory entered the service on October 4, 1943, from Gladwin county. He took his basic training at Camp Blanding, Fla., and was then transferred to the Airborne Parachute School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where on April 15, 1944, he completed the course in parachute packing, ground training and Jumping from a plane in flight and was a qualified parachutist. On May 20, 1944, he completed the course in parachute rigging and maintenance and was rated a parachute rigger. In July 1944, he was sent overseas with Co. I, 508 Prcht. Inf., where his company was joined with the famous 82nd All American Airborne Division, the division of four major skyborne assaults of World War II, that won three Congressional Medals, 80 D.S.C.'s, 900 Silver Stars, 1,400 Bronze Stars, 10,000 Purple Hearts and many foreign decorations. It fought in Silicy, Salemo, Anzio, and Normandy, and was first over the Dutch border into Germany. It was selected to be the airborne arm of the Army's newly organized S trategic Striking Forces. One hundred and fifty-one days after World War II ended came the 82nd's Great Victory March.

  Pvt. Victory F. Havens was born in Buckeye township, Beaverton, on November 15, 1918, and most of his life was spent in Gladwin county. He was married to the former Lucile Brewer, of Beaverton, on March 7, 1939, and a son, Victory Ray, was born on August 3, 1942. Surviving are his wife and son, who reside in Ann Arbor; his mother, Mrs. May B. Havens, of Escanaba; his father, Neuman Daniel Havens, of Beaverton; five brothers, Ray of Buckeye township, Marion of Tobacco township, Byrl and Truman of Ypsilanti, and Clair of Ogden, Utah; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Maxwell, of Hope, and Mrs. Ruth Evans, of Collins, Missouri, and many other relatives and friends. One brothers, Lawrence, died during World War I while in the service of his country. Pvt. Havens was returned home by the request of his wife..

{Note: Actual Recorded Date of Death is: 09/21/1944. Name: Victor F. Havens}
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Beaverton Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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