Myron Stanley Beach, Jr

Sergeant First Class
Army of the United States
03 September 1937 - 10 July 1967
Elmira, New York
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Myron Stanley Beach, Jr

3 Mar 2005

Myron and I served together with the 5th Special Forces on an "A" team in Tan Phu 1963-64. He taught me as the kid on the team, the finesse of pinochle and cigars. He was a true born leader and loved the Airborne. He left SF because he always wanted to be a squad leader in combat. He achieved it with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He left a wife and two children. Butch and I had a great time together on our first tour and I will never forget him. My children presented me a few years back with the "Veteran at the Wall" drawing dedicated to Myron. It hangs proudly in the entranceway of my home. He is also remembered with a plaque at my VFW hall in Calabash, NC. God rest my cigar chomping buddy.

Ray Ketcham

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 4/503rd was rapidly deployed to the Central Highlands after the Battle of the Slopes. On 10 July, moving up Hill 830, A Company came under intense fire from an entrenched Viet Cong main force battalion. On 12 July, after taking the hill, D Company discovered a single network consisting of 60 bunkers with supporting foxholes. In short order, two more bunker complexes were discovered.

The fighting on 10 July cost 25 American lives; eleven of the dead were from A Company, 4/503rd:

  • 1LT Daniel W. Jordan, Griffith, IN (Dist Svc Cross)
  • SFC Myron S. Beach, Elmira, NY
  • SGT David P. Crozier, Baltimore, MD
  • SGT William J. Deuerling, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • SP4 Roger W. Clark, Pittsfield, VT
  • SP4 Arthur A. Erwin, Eugene, OR
  • SP4 Oris L. Poole, Screven, GA
  • SP4 Walter A. Samans, Richmond, VA
  • SP4 Franklin S. Shepherd, North Wilkesboro, NC
  • PFC John C. Borowski, Chicago, IL (Dist Svc Cross)
  • PFC David H. Johnson, Jonesboro, AR

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend and service member with 5th SF,
Ray Ketcham 
4 Mar 2005

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