Last Known Activity|
World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Awarded for action as a Corporal, Co. C, 603rd Tank Destroyer Battalion, US Army, near Arloncourt, Belgium, January 15, 1945. His citation reads: "He displayed conspicuous gallantry in action. His platoon, in which he was a tank-destroyer gunner, was held up by antitank, machinegun, and rifle fire from enemy troops dug in along a ridge about 200 yards to the front. "Noting a machinegun position in this defensive line, he fired upon it with his 76mm gun killing 1 man and silencing the weapon. He dismounted from his vehicle and, under direct enemy observation, crossed open ground to capture the 2 remaining members of the crew. "Another machinegun, about 250 yards to the left, continued to fire on him. Through withering fire, he advanced on the position. Throwing a grenade into the emplacement, he killed 1 crewmember and again captured the 2 survivors. "He was subjected to concentrated smallarms fire but, with great bravery, he worked his way a quarter mile along the ridge, attacking hostile soldiers in their foxholes with his carbine and grenades. When he had completed his self-imposed mission aghainst powerful German forces, he had destroyed 2 machinegun positions, killed 8 of the enemy, and captured 18 prisoners, including 2 bazooka teams. Cpl. Beyer's intrepid action and unflinching determination to close with and destroy the enemy eliminated the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its objective."