Honoring Sargent Milton Beed: One of America’s POWs Nearly Lost to Time

FREMONT – 75 motorcyclists rode as Sargent Milton Beed’s honor guard through Fremont this afternoon. The cavalcade stopped at Sapp Brothers to allow the community a chance to pay their respects, and there were dozens assembled to tip their caps to a man who served in World War Two, then rejoined the armed services to serve in the Korean War.
Milton Beed died, after years of courageous fighting, in a POW camp due to malnutrition and Bury-Berry disease. His parents tried to get the army to pay for a funeral with no body and they declined. His three brothers all served in either WWII or Vietnam. One of his brothers died at age 56 due to Agent Orange.

His parents, his brothers and his sisters all died without ever realizing their dream to have his remains back home. He was almost forgotten. Now, after years of service to our nation, he’s heading home to Norfolk to be laid to peaceful rest.

Listen to the story of Milton’s life in this special presentation of News Channel Nebraska: