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Name chosen for new Waterloo elementary school

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Waterloo Community Schools Superintendent is recommending "Fred Becker Elementary" as the name for the new district elementary school.

The name was recommended by several community members.  Fred H. Becker was a Waterloo native and World War I hero.  According to Veteran Randolph Herod, Becker is the most decorated soldier in Waterloo history.

School board members will vote on the final name at their next regular board meeting, January 10th.  Other names considered were Hannah Elementary and Alabar Hills Elementary. The school replaces Black Hawk and Edison schools 

We turned to Mike Chapman, a former sports reporter and East High alum, to explain Fred Becker's history.  Becker graduated from East High School back in 1914. From there, Becker went on to play football for the University of Iowa. He was the first athlete in the state named as an All-American football player.

in 1916, he joined the Marines, and was killed two years later while leading his men in battle.

In 1920, the Speaker of the Iowa Assembly made the following statement about Becker:

"Fred Becker was not only a Waterloo boy, he was more -- he was a real Iowa boy.  He was not only a typical son of our great state in the realm of physical prowess, where he excelled, but he was everything that a young man should be morally and mentally, as well.  He stood for everything that was wholesome, square, honorable, manly and American."

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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