Andrew Leo Bettwy

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Andrew Leo Bettwy (born May 31, 1920), a Republican, served as Arizona State Land Commissioner from 1970 to 1978 under four Arizona governors.

Andrew Leo Bettwy was the son of Mary Chenoweth Bettwy (County Recorder of Santa Cruz County, Arizona, for 34 years) and Andrew Jackson Bettwy (Mayor of Nogales, Arizona, and State Senator). Bettwy was born and raised on Pete Kitchen's Ranch in Nogales, attended college and law school at the University of Arizona, and settled in Phoenix, Arizona.

He had one brother,William Frederick Bettwy (1918-2005) of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the first commercial pilot to land at Washington Dulles Airport.

Against his mother’s insistence that he stay in Nogales to work on the family ranch after his graduation from Nogales High School in 1938, Bettwy joined the U.S. Army and then received a four-year military scholarship to the University of Arizona. In his senior year (1943-44), he met his wife-to-be, Janice Kathryn Kennerly (1925-2000). His studies were interrupted by the war in Europe where he served as an armored car commander in a reconnaissance squadron during the push from Calais to Berchtesgaden, earning two battle stars and a Purple Heart. 1LT Bettwy participated in the liberation of the German concentration camp at Landsberg, and during the final three days of the war in Europe in May 1945, was officially "traded" to the German 38th SS Division Nibelungen as liaison officer to effect orderly surrenders. He was then dispatched to the...
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