Beck, Martin Robert, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1542, Det B-41 (Moc Hoa), Company D (IV CTZ) Detachment C-4 (Can Tho)
Service Years
1941 - 1969


Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel

Three Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gainesville, FL
Last Address
Gainesville, FL

Casualty Date
Jul 24, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Kien Tuong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
20W 038/Section 13 Site 12996-1

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2020, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Master Parachutist

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Marine Corps10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1941-1951, US Marine Corps
  1962-1964, 11A, 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group
  1967-1969, 1542, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1969-1969, 1542, Det B-41 (Moc Hoa), Company D (IV CTZ) Detachment C-4 (Can Tho)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Florida State University
  1951-1953, Florida State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Martin Robert Beck was born on August 30, 1925 and joined the Armed Forces while in Gainesville, Florida. He served in the United States Marien corps and the Army.  In 28 years of service, he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He began a tour of duty in Vietnam on April 28, 1969. On July 24, 1969, at the age of 43, Martin Robert Beck perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Kien Tuong. Colonel Beck was my Company Commander in then West Germany. He never slacked off his duties. I respected him greatly as both a man and commander. He got me promoted to First Lieutenant as an "A-Team" commander there in the 10th SFG. I know his daughter Mary Beth loved him very much also from the time I knew her at Bad Toelz. I was in South Vietnam in the Mekong Delta when news arrived of Col. Beck's passing. It hurt  me badly and I'll never forget him. Posted By: (Ex) Captain John R. Schmaltz


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00879
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000268
Date: 05/13/1967 
Accident case number: 670513091 
Unit: 335 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 47370
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database. 
Crew Members:
Accident Summary:
On a landing approach with 900 lbs of water cans on board, the pilot came to a high hover and started a sink rate from which he could not recover. The aircraft strucks some trees and crashed to the ground.
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