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Master Sgt. Max Beilke (USA Ret.)

Laurel, Maryland

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RET. MASTER SGT. MAX BEILKE, 69, officially was the last American combat soldier to leave Vietnam in 1973. He was a civilian employee at the Pentagon who worked on veterans issues. Beilke, who was drafted in the Korean War, was the kid who'd always had a fishing pole in his hand, joined the U.S. Army and saw the world, said his sister, Lucille Johnson. "We could see him leaving (Vietnam) on television," Johnson said of her brother's return. "We all just beamed because we knew he'd soon be home safely."

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Thank you Coach for your service at St. Thomas Academy in the mid-60s. You set a good example for me and my football teammates. I know from your current position you realize that team went on to an undefeated State Championship year 3 years later. You will forever be a STA " Legend of the Fall". Sincerely your left guard. Drive Zero Counter in the 1st go., Tim Figge

I served with him before I returned from Vietnam

We remember.

Our sincere condolences we send to your family. Always may God give the strength and comfort to cope. MSG Beilke is still sadly missed and not forgotten.

Uncle Max, you will always be considered a great man in our family. Your great niece Leah Juelke now teaches your history to her ELL class in Fargo ND. And she was there when the vice president gave a dedication to you at Arlington cemetery in 2018.

Another year, MSG Beilke. Your memory burns on in those of us that experienced your service to our country and to us.

I am a sophomore at Shanley High School and we are doing a unit on September 11, 2001 in my religion class. As I researched Max Beilkes life, I found out the enormous duties he has done and the sacrifices he has made for our country. It is inspiring how he lived his life for others. I hope that his family knows that his life is not forgotten and that his life has inspired me.

VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE HIGHLIGHTED THE LIFE OF MASTER SERGEANT MAX BEILKE AND HIS FAMOUS FAREWELL MESSAGE AT THE MORNING PENTAGON MEMORIAL SERVICE TODAY, TUESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2018 -
- REMEMBRANCE -
REMEMBER THERE IS HONOR STILL, IT IS FOR YOU TO SEE IT LASTS.

Still miss those emails, Max, and think of you often. Hard to believe another year has passed. Hold the high ground.