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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 01/11/1888 Newark, Ohio. d. 02/07/1931 Newark, Ohio.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 21/04/1914 Veracruz, Mexico.

 

Beasley was born in 1888 in Newark, Ohio. After joining the United States Navy, Beasley served as a seaman on board the USS Florida.

 

Shortly after being award the Medal of Honor in 1914 for actions during United States occupation of Veracruz, Beasley left the Navy. However, he reenlisted during World War I and served until 1921, eventually reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

 

After the war Beasley returned to his hometown of Newark and, in 1926, became a police officer with the city's police department. During the evening of June 30, 1931, Beasley was walking a downtown beat when "he was gunned down by an armed gang attempting the theft of a safe from a local shoe store." He died two days later from multiple gunshot wounds; his killers were never identified or caught.

 

Beasley's Medal of Honor and other military awards are on display in the lobby of the Newark Police Department, having been donated by his surviving relatives.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

On board the U.S.S. Florida for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz, Mexico, April 21, 1914.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: CEDAR HILL CEMETERY, NEWARK, OHIO.

Section 16, Lot 123

Harry C Beasley

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