Ray Kyle Beets was the youngest of four Beets brothers who fought in WWII. There were five boys in the family of H.E. and May Beets. He was born February 2, 1926, in Bean Station (Grainger County), Tennessee. His family moved to Morristown when the Cherokee Dam was built, and the waters of the lake covered the Beets family home.

Private Ray K. Beets was assigned to the 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. He died on January 2, 1945 and is interred at A,24,32 Lorraine American Cemetery, St-Avold, France.

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