Max -Beilke-Obituary

Master Sgt. Max Beilke (USA Ret.)

Laurel, Maryland


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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I may not know Master Sgt. Max, but may he be resting peacefully, god bless, we will never forget. Sending hugs & love to his loved ones.

We continue to remember, Max. I hope all is well with your family and that your memory is strong in them.

Remembering Max on the 20th anniversary of 9/11...

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

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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.