Ray Beckwith is This Week's Hometown Hero

Inside some old shoe boxes are dozens of photos holding countless memories.

Posted: May 29, 2021 10:35 PM
Updated: May 30, 2021 9:25 AM

Inside some old shoe boxes are dozens of photos holding countless memories.

"In February of 1951, that is the first snow they had in North Carolina in almost 31 or 32 years," says Ray Beckwith.

They belong to 91-year-old Ray Beckwith who knows a thing or two about bravery and courage.

"I spent my 20th birthday at Parris Island, South Carolina," says Beckwith.

Ray served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War conflict. His brother also serving our country.

"He was drafted in the Army," says Beckwith. "He was about a year and a half younger than I was."

This veteran was born in Louisville in 1929.

"Of course, that's when the big Depression hit and my Dad couldn't find any work over there, so we came to Evansville," says Beckwith.

Years later he married.

"One thing led to another, so here we are 57 years of marriage."

For this veteran, Memorial High School pride runs all the way down to his grandkids.

"It's been enjoyable."

But for Ray, his memories didn't stop at graduation.

"Since last August, I think I've worked just about every game athletic event that Memorial has had," says Beckwith.

He's been a familiar face at the gate volunteering where he can.

"That's the only thing that has kept me sane, kept me from going crazy during this pandemic," says Beckwith.

Ray was able to participate with the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana. Just recently instead of watching the games from the stands, he had the chance to be a part of it, honored once more.

"Jogging out to the mound to throw that pitch, I've heard that from a number of people too that they couldn't believe it," says Beckwith. "Being that old and able to run out to the field."

Ray spends his days now helping his church and being with his family, thankful for making those memories and more.

"It's been a hard life in a way, but it's been enjoyable also."

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