May 23, 1981 Muskogee Muskogee County Oklahoma, USA
Feb. 26, 2007, Iraq
Army Sgt. Beardsley was assigned to the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Beardsley died in Diwaniyah of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. BJ moved to Germany at a young age with his military family. The family later moved to Jesup, Georgia where he served three years in the Air Force ROTC program as a member of the color guard at Wayne County High School. He was among 5 percent of the student corps to receive an achievement award and was recognized for his academic excellence. At the age of 16, he returned to Oklahoma and graduated from Tahlequah High School. Upon graduation, BJ returned to Georgia for a short time before joining the Army. He left the Army briefly to work as a landscape contractor with his father but he missed the structure of the military life so he re-enlisted in the Army in December 2005 with the idea of making it his career. As a member of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, he did many different things, including providing security for convoys. BJ was quiet, respectful and had a great smile. He had a Southern politeness about him but was quick-witted and loved the military and his country. He enjoyed running heavy equipment for the family excavating company and also had a passion for playing baseball, softball, golf, hunting and watching sports. His greatest passion, next to his wife and kids, was motorcycling, of which he owned a Harley and a Suzuki GSXR. His biggest fear was that his children would forget him if he died because of their very young ages. He asked his family to be sure and let his kids know who he was if something happened to him. BJ wanted to open a gym when his service with the Army ended.