Hearne W Beaver

Private First Class
Army of the United States
22 March 1946 - 19 July 1966
Beacon Falls, Connecticut
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Hearne W Beaver

01 Jul 2008

The Soldier
Dedicated to Hearne W. Beaver

Greater love has no one than this
That he lay down his life for his friends.

I was just a kid back then
Too small for him to know
I rode his bus to bible school
Simple times of -- reminiscent glow

Times were not so simple then
Our country was at war
Young men were being called to serve
In foreign lands - on distant shores

When it was time to say goodbye
His family worried so
Embraced their love and prayers for him
And then - they let him go

How can I, ever know the pain
Loss, only expressed in groans
News, that tears the heart in two
Your son -- will not be coming home

I didn't shed the many tears
As did the family
I didn't understand the loss
Or what it meant for me

Until - my heart received an invitation
To attend his memory
A name carved in cold dark stone
An epigraph for history

Along the narrow - hallowed path
Were many names I didn't know
Loved ones bowed in silence
Letting go of - long held sorrows

I found his name among the rest
Then I began to see
The meaning of his sacrifice
And I - stood there silently

The invitation my heart received
I know it was from him
Through tears and prayers I realized
He counted me as friend

I will never feel the loss
As did the family
My heart - will never be the same
I know he died for me

Greater love -- has no one
-- Than this --

From the unpublished collection
"Whispers of the Heart"
by Clinton Bell 07-2008
- John 15:13 -

From a childhood friend,
Clinton Bell

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Boi Loi Woods lay about 25 kilometers northwest of Cu Chi. Like the nearby Ho Bo Woods, the Boi Loi was a long-time sanctuary for VC (and increasingly NVA) forces. When the 25th Infantry Division arrived at Cu Chi in early 1966 a major objective was to reduce the value of these areas to the enemy - and that meant extensive search-and-destroy missions.

On 19 July 1966, Company A, 1st Bn, 27th Infantry was conducting such a mission in the Boi Loi Woods when it was ambushed by a main force VC battalion. Twenty-four Americans died in the bitter fight which followed. They were

  • PFC Hearne W. Beaver, Beacon Falls, CT
  • PFC Kenneth M. Branaman, Seymour, IN
  • PFC Dannie J. Brewington, Broadway, NC
  • PFC Jack M. Brown, Washington, DC
  • SP4 Thomas J. Butler, New York, NY
  • SP4 Rodger D. Clawson, Allegan, MI
  • SGT Charles H. Crane, Molokai, HI
  • SP4 Bernard Dillard, Chicago, IL
  • PFC John T. Doike, Honolulu, HI
  • PFC Charles R. Fleming, Charlotte, NC
  • SP4 Jose C. Gosse, San Francisco, CA
  • PSGT Bernard A. Green, Los Angeles, CA
  • PFC Dallas E. Green, Oliver Springs, TN
  • SGT David W. Holmes, Crossville, TN
  • SGT Meredith G. Hubbard, Detroit, MI
  • SP4 Lamond J. Jackson, St Louis, MO
  • PFC Allen L. Jelinek, Cleveland, OH
  • PFC Douglas H. Knott, Dayton, OH
  • SSG Michael J. Mummel, Reidsville, NC
  • SP4 Leroy E. Peterson, Coon Rapids, MN
  • PFC Eugenio Rosado-Rodriguez, Ponce, PR
  • PFC Robert W. Ruhl, Lansdowne, MD
  • CPL Turner L. Thompson, Talihina, OK
  • PFC Lawrence H. Wilson, Lorane, OR

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a childhood friend,
Clinton Bell

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 01 Jul 2008
Last updated 07/20/2008