For Immediate Release: March 28, 2007
Senator Jim Wilson
Senate Honors Life of Tahlequah Soldier Killed in Iraq
The life of one of Oklahoma's
brave young sons was honored by the State Senate Wednesday.
Senate Resolution 22, by Senator Jim
Wilson, memorializes the life and the military contributions
of U.S. Army Sergeant William J. "B.J." Beardsley
who was killed in Iraq on Monday, February 26.
"There are no possible words to express how sorry we are
for the Beardsley family's loss. We just hope that this resolution
honoring B.J. gives them some comfort knowing how proud he made
his state and that he and his ultimate sacrifice for his country
will never be forgotten," said Wilson, D-Tahlequah.
Beardsley was a member of the 260th Quartermaster Battalion,
3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division based
in Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 25-year-old was killed by an improvised
explosive device while on patrol in an unarmored Humvee. At
the time, he was traveling in a military convoy near Diwaniyah,
Iraq, south of Baghdad. Beardsley was eight months into his
first tour of duty in Iraq and was due back home on leave in
April. He would have celebrated his 26th birthday in May.
Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Beardsley moved away from Oklahoma
with his family when he was five years old and spent most of
his youth traveling with his family to various military installations.
He served three years in the Wayne County High School Air Force
ROTC while living in Georgia. At the age of 16, he returned
to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. Following
graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and served 39 months, stationed
in South Korea for much of that time. After a brief period as
a civilian, he reenlisted, knowing he would be deployed to Iraq.
He was honored posthumously by the U.S. military with the Purple
Heart and Bronze Star.
For more information contact:
Senator Wilson's Office: (405) 521-5574