Edgar Peter Beck, Jr
United States Navy
Gowanda, New York
September 18, 1950 to December 31, 1970
EDGAR P BECK Jr is on the Wall at Panel W5, Line 15

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The US Naval Forces Vietnam Command History contains the following entry:
"The most serious incident reported by CB units occurred on the last day of the month at 1445H on a waterway near Kien Binh (WS 406 036) where the bodies of five USN Seabees were found. All the bodies contained gunshot and fragmentation wounds. Investigation of witnesses disclosed that five U.S. personnel armed with 3 M-16s and one pistol had been sighted in a Boston Whaler by Vietnamese personnel an hour and a half before, and ARVN units reported seeing U.S. personnel in a firefight in the same area. A Vietnamese eyewitness account indicated two VC sampans engaged the whaler, which was later found abandoned, with grenade and AK-47 fire on the Kinh Thot Not Canal. The five Seabees were attached to NMCB 74 and traveling from Cho Moi to Binh Thuy for minor medical treatment."
The five Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 were

Constructionman Edgar Peter Beck was born in Gowanda, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his 1968 graduation from Gowanda Central School. His family had lived in Bushville for only a few months at the time of his death on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 1970. Constructionman Beck was buried in the Acacia Cemetery of North Tonawanda. He was survived by his parents, Dorothy Ginther Beck and Edgar Peter Beck, Sr, Batavia New York.

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