Beers, Jack Blaine, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B20, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
1954 - 1969

Sergeant First Class


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Clarksville, TN
Last Address
Allentown, PA

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Lam Dong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Donelson National Military Park - Dover, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 028

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 Unit Assignments
United States Forces Korea (USFK)US Army Europe (USAREUR)101st Airborne Division 173rd Airborne Brigade
3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1954-1955, United States Forces Korea (USFK)
  1956-1958, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1959-1961, 101st Airborne Division
  1968-1969, 11B20, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1968-1969, 11B20, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


THEĀ 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
to
SFC Jack Blaine Beers

   
Comments/Citation
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jack Blaine Beers (RA23877112), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company B, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Platoon Sergeant Beers distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the evening of 7 April 1969 during an attack by an estimated reinforced Viet Cong company on his platoon's night location near the town of Bao Loc, Lam Dong Province. Sergeant Beers moved through the initial barrage of rocket, automatic weapons and small arms fire to reach a section of the perimeter under heavy ground attack, and was painfully wounded by shrapnel from an incoming rocket when he arrived at a machine gun bunker. Despite his injury, he directed that position's fire against the aggressors and momentarily halted their assault. After hearing a rocket hit in the platoon's command post and a cry for help from his radio telephone operator, he started toward the stricken post, but was seriously wounded in the legs and stomach by shrapnel from enemy grenades and rockets as the communists began attacking from all sides. Disregarding his safety, he encouraged his men to hold their positions and crawled to a radio to call for artillery support. Although he was in an exposed location, he continued to adjust artillery strikes until he was mortally wounded by hostile small arms fire. Platoon Sergeant Beers' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1728 (May 14, 1969)

Jack (from Allentown, PA) was married to Lucretia Arlene Fike of Tarentum,PA on 20 November 1958. He shortly thereafter left for Germany, leaving wife to live with his parents William H. & Mabel Catherine (Solt) Beers for a short time. Mother went over by ship (the USNS Rose) to join Daddy in Augsburg where he was stationed since 1957. They very much wanted a baby. (Mother tells me that I was made in Germany.) Mother was 7 mos pregnant with me (with doctors permission) she was allowed to fly back to the states, Ft. Campbell, with Daddy. The plane had to set down in the Netherlands - mother thought I was on my way. False alarm - they made it safely to Ft. Campbell and live in LeeVillage. Shorthly after my brother, Jack Blaine Beers, Jr. was born in 1962, my parents bought the house at 16 Strasbourg Road in Clarksville (still looks pretty much the same today). Then in 1965 they had their last child, Tracie Lynne Beers (Hoker). My brother and I both served in the USAF. My brother and sister both have children: (B) Jack Blaine Beers III, Kristy Mae Beers and a step-son, Ricky; (S) Sara Elizabeth, John Elliott, Matthew Eric, Mark Edward Hoker; I was unable to have children but raised three beautful children (I married a former Marine) Joseph Floyd Brown-USARes Medic serving with a MASH unit near Yulee, FL; William Elmer Boudrow III -a L/Cpl in the Marine Corps at Ft. Huchuca for training; and, Reanna Alisha Boudrow, in college in Jacksonville, FL. I think that Daddy would be very proud of each of us three and at how well we've raised/are raising our children...I know mother loves all 10 of her grandchildren and is so proud of them.

Mother accepted Daddy's Distinguished Service Cross from Gen. John S. Lekson, Commanding General, US Army Training Center at Ft. Campbell. Also presented to mother, was a plaque with Daddy's other medals including the Bronze Star Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal with Five Bronze Loops, National Defense Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, ther Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Parachutitst Badge. We three children were present and each received a Purple Heart Pin.
Posted by: Catherine Irene (Beers) Boudro
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Relationship: daughter, first born
Thursday, January 9, 2003

Posted for: JACK BLAINE BEERS:
Daddy's body was accompanied home by his brother, Army Sgt William C. Beers, Sr. assigned to the 42nd Artillery in Vietnam. William still lives with his wife in Georgia and had one son (& two daughters) who joined the Army.

SFC Beers was serving with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rs Airborne Battalion, when his unit came under a night attack. He completely disregarded his own safety and though seriously wounded, he continued to deploy his men and firepower against the insurgents. This is quoted from a newspsper clipping - probably the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle.

Daddy is buried in Fort Donelson National Cemetary, Dover, TN - it's located on the Tennessee side of the Land-Between-the-Lakes. It's a beautiful spot on a hill, not far from the Cherry Blossom trees - it's at a spot from which you can see forever.
Posted by: Catherine Irene (Beers) Boudro
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Relationship: daughter, first born
Thursday, January 9, 2003

Ft. Campbell, KY Authorized Beers Street. Named in honor of PSG Jack B. Beers, this road is located in the 4800 block area off Morgan Road
   
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