Beasley, Horace

Horace Beasley was born on August 11, 1950 in Tarrant City, Jefferson County, Alabama. He entered active duty on June 21, 1968 and trained as a Light Weapons Infantryman. Then PFC Beasley was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969. On August 24, 1969, while serving as a squad leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, now Specialist 4 Beasley was in charge of a small element guarding Bridge 22 near An Khe. In the early morning hours, the bridge came under an intense ground attack from all directions, supported by B-40 rocket and mortar fire. Although monetarily stunned by the nearby explosion of a mortar round, Specialist Beasley immediately began returning fire with his M-79 grenade launcher and directing his badly outnumbered men in the defense of the bridge. Seeing an armored personnel carrier and guard tower at the opposite end of the bridge ablaze, Specialist Beasley braved a hail of enemy fire to pull several of the men to safety and administer first aid. He continued directing the defense until reinforcements arrived causing the enemy to withdraw. Specialist Four Beasley’s courageous actions, superb, outstanding leadership and exemplary devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service. For his gallantry in action, Specialist Four Horace Beasley was awarded the nation’s third highest valor award, the Silver Star Medal. During this tour of duty in Vietnam, Specialist Beasley also was wounded twice and awarded the Purple Heart Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster. Sergeant Horace Beasley completed his Army service on June 6, 1972. Horace Beasley lived in the Huntsville area and was inducted into the Madison County Hall of Heroes on November 11, 1997.