BECK, EDWARD EUGENE JR.
Name: Edward Eugene Beck, Jr.
Rank/Branch: United States Marine Corps/E2
Unit: W/2/26 3 MAR DIV
Date of Birth: 07 July 1949
Home City of Record: NORTH CANTON OH
Date of Loss: 09 August 69
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 160758 North 1081135 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action/PFOD
Other Personnel in Incident: none
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File, and childhood neighbor Randy R. 2020
REMARKS: DISAPPEARED ABOARD SHIP IN DANANG HARBOR
CACF "GROUND" CASUALTY QUANG NAM
SYNOPSIS: Eddie attended Hoover High School of North Canton, Ohio,
dropping out prior to graduating. He would have graduated in 1968. He loved
to "play army" when he was younger and always dressed in fatigues. Eddie had
a younger brother and sister. Eddie's dad, Ed senior, was a large, quiet man,
and is believed to still live in the house Eddie grew up in.
No further information available at this time.
GYSGT EDWARD EUGENE BECK JR.
Private First Class (PFC) Edward Eugene Beck Jr. entered the
U.S. Marine Corps from Ohio and was an artilleryman serving with
W Battery, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines embarked aboard the USS
Belle Grove (LSD-2). On August 9, 1969, PFC Beck was seen during
the morning hours as his unit prepared to off-load the Belle
Grove while in Da Nang Harbor, Republic of (South) Vietnam. Less
than one hour later, PFC Beck could not be located and was
determined to be missing. Immediate searches of the ship and the
surrounding water were made but could not locate him. A
subsequent search was made of all ships connected with PFC
Beck's unit, in case he had changed ships, but were also
unsuccessful. He was not seen again and remains unaccounted for.
Subsequent to the incident and while carried in the status of
missing in action, the U.S. Marine Corps promoted PFC Beck to
the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt). Today, GySgt Beck is
memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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