Posted on August 19, 2009. Filed under: Inspirational... |


UPDATED:  Wednesday, August 19, 2009 6:28 PM (My original post follows my update)
I wanted to add some very important information about Sgt. Beale.  Sgt. Beale, we salute you…

Sgt 1st Class John Curtis Beale

June 5th, 2009

Birth: February 11, 1970 in Riverdale, Georgia
Death: June 4, 2009 in Kapisa, Afghanistan

Sgt 1st Class John C. Beale of Riverdale, Georgia graduated from Riverdale High School. He served in the United States Army from 1991 through 1994 and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He later joined the National Guard in 2005 after a strong desire to return to military service. His father is a former sailor and a military career was also John’s goal in life. In his civilian job, he worked for the Clayton County Water Authority. He was also very involved with the authority’s youth programs and liked to participate in career days at local schools.

After John married he moved to McDonough, Georgia where he lived with his wife Crystal and their two children. John died at age 39 near Kapisa, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. John was a member of Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Crystal; children, Christopher and Calye; father, William B. Beale; brothers, Michael and Timothy; grandfather, William R. Beale; father-in-law, David Collier; brother-in-law, David E. Collier among others.

Major Kevin Jenrette and Specialist Jeffrey Jordan were also killed in the attack.

National Guard
1st Battalion
108th Reconnaissance
Surveillance and Target Acquisition Squadron
48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Calhoun, Georgia

Burial is at Camp Memorial Cemetery in Fayetteville, Georgia

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If you need help in restoring your faith and hope both in people and for our future, then you must view this.  There is a silent majority of true patriots out there who are starting to stand up and make their voices heard and who won’t give up their freedom. 
Killed in action the week before, the body of Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, GA, just south of Atlanta, on June 11, 2009.  The Henry County Police Department escorted the procession to the funeral home in McDonough, GA.  A simple notice in local papers indicated the road route to be taken and the approximate time.  Nowadays, one can be led to believe that America no longer respects honor and no longer honors sacrifice outside the military.  Be it known that there are many places in this land where people still recognize the courage and impact of total self-sacrifice.  Georgia remains one of those graceful places.  The link below is a short travelogue of that day’s remarkable and painful journey.  Watch this if you wish to have some of your faith in people restored, as it is well worth watching.  I cried while watching this with a mixture of deep respect for the men and women in the Armed Forces while at the same time, grieving for them and their families who won’t see them until they are reunited in the afterlife.  May God Bless their brave souls, may God Comfort their families and may God Bless America… 


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