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Sgt William Joseph Beardsley
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Birth: May 23, 1981
Coon Rapids
Anoka County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 26, 2007, Iraq

THIS LISTING IS A MEMORIAL CENOTAPH LOCATED AT FORT STEWART, GA. ACTUAL BURIAL IS ELSEWHERE

Army Sgt. William J. Beardsley, 25, of Coon Rapids, Minn.; assigned to the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.; died Feb. 26 in Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

Soldier from Coon Rapids dies in Iraq explosion

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS A U.S. soldier from Minnesota was killed in Iraq when a bomb exploded near his vehicle, the Defense Department said Feb. 28.
Sgt. William J. Beardsley, 25, of Coon Rapids died Feb. 26 in Diwaniyah. He was assigned to the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, of Fort Stewart, Ga.
Beardsley is the 52nd person with strong Minnesota ties to die in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sgt. William J. Beardsley is the third Fort Stewart soldier to be killed this year in Iraq.

A 3rd Infantry Division soldier who was killed in Iraq was a father of two and spent some of his high school years in Jesup as an ROTC student.

SGT William J. Beardsley, 25, of Muskogee, Okla, was killed Monday in Diwaniyah, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle.
Beardsley is the third Fort Stewart soldier to be killed this year in Iraq. He deployed with the 260th Quartermaster Battalion in August.
Beardsley served three years in the Air Force ROTC program as a member of the color guard at Wayne County High School in Jesup. He was among 5 percent of the student corps to receive an achievement award and was recognized for his academic excellence, said SGT Lenard Welton, the school's ROTC recruiter.
Beardsley moved from Muskogee, Okla, to Jesup when he was 5. He returned to Oklahoma when he was 16 and finished high school in Tahlequah, according to a report on KOTV, a Tulsa television station.
Beardsley's mother, Lavonna Harper, told the station she couldn't wait to see her son, who was due to return home on leave next month.
"Something's not right in this system. It's not right," she said. "These young men and women are over there dying for the country that we're trying to help, and they're the idiots that are blowing up our sons and our daughters.
"That's the sad part."
Harper said her son loved the military and his country.
"My son was so excited to be going. He wanted to serve his country," she said. "And he served his country with his life."
Beardsley, an avid motorcyclist, maintained a Myspace.com page on which he posted pictures of his two young children: 4-year-old Chance and 2-year-old Alexis.
On Thursday, family members had begun to leave messages memorializing Beardsley. A headline on the site was revised to read "Rider, soldier, father R.I.P."
"I'm in the Army and I'm about to deploy to Iraq for a whole freakin year ... that sucks," Beardsley wrote as part of his personal description.
His sister, Amber, said she would miss Beardsley "more than words could ever explain" in a message posted on his site.
"Just know we love you and admire what you've done in the 26 years you were here," she wrote.
KOTV reported that funeral services for Beardsley would be held next week. He'll be buried in Indianapolis, where his wife and children live.

THIS LISTING IS A MEMORIAL CENOTAPH LOCATED AT FORT STEWART, GA. ACTUAL BURIAL IS ELSEWHERE

Actual Burial 
 
Burial:
Warriors Walk Memorial
Hinesville
Liberty County
Georgia, USA
Plot: 321
 
Created by: Elizabeth
Record added: Nov 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31117008
Sgt William Joseph Beardsley
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Sgt William Joseph Beardsley
Added by: Elizabeth
 
Sgt William Joseph Beardsley
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Remembering you and your family today. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.
- A Marine's Daughter & Army Mom
 Added: Mar. 22, 2014
In thankful memory of a Vet.
- R. Watson
 Added: Jul. 17, 2013

- Elizabeth
 Added: Nov. 3, 2008
 
 
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