Southside Sentinel, Urbanna, VA
Beryl R. Newman, Congressional Medal of Honor winner, dies at 86
Capt. Beryl R. "Dick" Newman, 86, of Remlik died Sunday, March 8, 1998. He was a veteran of World War II and received the Congressional Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Bronze Cross and the Silver Star.
Mr. Newman was a 32-year-old Army lieutenant during the Allied invasion of Anzio, Italy, in 1944. After attempting
to break the German defense for 61 days, his infantry platoon was ordered forward.
Lt. Newman and a scout en-countered four German machine gun nests in a house. Spraying one nest with his Thompson .45-caliber machine gun, Lt. Newman captured it and discovered the German gun was stuck. Unjamming it, he used the German machine gun to knock out the other three nests.
During the battle, Lt. Newman single-handedly killed 16 and captured 19 of the enemy.
With the nests gone, a 1,000-yard hole was opened in the German line through which the Allied forces advanced.
For his heroism under fire, Lt. Newman was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was later promoted to the rank of captain.
He was a member of VFW Post #9636 in Deltaville where he held the National Aide-De-Camp Medal of Honor Class.
He was also a member of American Legion Post #82 in Saluda.
He is survived by his wife, Emiline B. Newman; a daughter,
Diane N. Moody of Millers Tavern; three sons, Byron Newman of Montpelier, Dickie Newman of Remlik, and Bobby Newman of Cortland, Ohio; a sister, Mary Raab
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of Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, Howard Newman of Mackisan, Wis., and William Newman of Baraboo, Wis.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in Remlik Wesleyan
Church. Interment was in Remlik Memorial Gardens with full military honors.