William C Keefer (1914 - 1980)

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William C Keefer
1914 - 1980
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March 17, 1914
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September 17, 1980
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Salem, Marion County, Oregon 97303
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William C Keefer was born on March 17, 1914. He died on September 17, 1980 at 66 years old. We know that William C Keefer had been residing in Salem, Marion County, Oregon 97303.
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Willamette National Cemetery Section N Site 2685 11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, in Portland, Oregon 97086
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Branch of service: Us Navy
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Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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William C Keefer passed away on September 17, 1980 at 66 years of age. He was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section N Site 2685, Portland, Oregon. He was born on March 17, 1914. We have no information about William's immediate family. We know that William C Keefer had been residing in Salem, Marion County, Oregon 97303.

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In 1914, in the year that William C Keefer was born, in June, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian national. Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia. Other major powers took sides - and World War I began: Austria declared war on Serbia; Germany on Russia and France; Britain on Germany . . . and on it went until most of the world was embroiled in the war.

In 1920, by the time he was only 6 years old, on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

In 1945, he was 31 years old when on May 8th, World War II in Europe ended when Germany surrendered. Hitler had committed suicide a week before.

In 1950, William was 36 years old when in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

In 1980, in the year of William C Keefer's passing, on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

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