John Robert Beck

H&MS-17, MWSG-17, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
27 April 1944 - 30 August 1968
Goshen, New York
Panel 45W Line 004


Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
John R. Beck
Photo courtesy of Judi Beck Rudersmith

The database page for John Robert Beck

18 Apr 2002

For every thing there is an appointed time;
And there is a time for every purpose under the heavens.
A time to laugh, a time to weep;
A time for peace, and a time for war.
A time to be born and a time to die ...
-- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 --

Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if
they have ever made a difference in the world...
but the Marines don't have that problem.
-- Ronald Reagan, 1985 --

From his niece,
Shawna Rudersmith
142 Marsden Avenue, Sw, Canton, Oh 44710-1136

02 Sep 2003

On August 30, 2003, I traveled to Florence, Kentucky, to visit the Moving Wall. This particular day, you will note, is of significance because it was the 35th anniversary of my Uncle Buddy's death in Vietnam. While there (and receiving the best of care, not only from the volunteer citizens but also the veterans who were guarding the Wall later that night), I made a rubbing, and decided to add it to my uncle's page.

With love,

19 Apr 2002

To My Brother, My Hero, My Protector

Gone, but Never, Ever Forgotten.
My Daughter Shawna, named after you (in Gaelic).
My Son John, named after you in memory.
Missed deeply, heart and soul, now and always.
Semper Fi, Sarge


Judi Rudersmith

We would like to hear from anyone who served with
John Robert Beck
in Vietnam or elsewhere.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 17 Command Chronology for August 1968 contains the following entry:
"30 AUG 68. At 0730 Capt Jones, CWO Vick, and Sgt Beck responded to an urgent request from Special Forces to render safe and recover a 122mm rocket which had impacted within the Special Forces Camp at Ha Thanh, located 25km west of Quang Ni [sic, "Ngai"] in Southern I Corps. Capt Jones, CWO Vick, and Sgt Beck arrived at the Special Forces Camp via chopper at 1035. They walked uphill to S-3 Operations, entered operations shack, and were receiving verbal instructions on the location of the dud round, when at 1040 an incoming 122mm made a direct hit on the shack. Capt Jones, CWO Vick, Sgt Beck and a Special Forces Sgt, and Civilian Interpreter were KIA and 5 WIA from this one round."
The account is incorrect in one aspect: two Special Forces soldiers were killed by the incoming rocket. The five Americans were
  • H&MS-17, MWSG-17:
    • Capt James W. Jones, Hawthorne, CA
    • CWO3 William L. Vick, Paducah, KY
    • Sgt John R. Beck, Goshen, NY

  • DET A-104 (HA THANH):
    • MSG Tadeusz Sosniak, Burlington, ON, B Co, 5th SF Group
    • PFC Richard E. Traster, McMinnville, OR, C Co, 5th SF Group

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his niece,
Shawna Rudersmith
142 Marsden Avenue, Sw, Canton, Oh 44710-1136

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Apr 2002
Last updated 05/24/2007