U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 573-10
July 03, 2010
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Specialist Morganne M. McBeth, 19, of Fredricksburg, Virginia, died July 2, 2010, in Al Asad, Iraq, of wounds sustained July 1 in a non-combat related incident in Khan Al Baghdadi, Iraq. She was assigned to the 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
3 July 2010:
Morganne McBeth, a 19-year-old woman from Fredericksburg, Virginia, serving as a paratrooper and combat medic in Iraq, died of non-combat injuries Friday.
McBeth was honored with numerous awards and decorations during her service and was highly regarded by her fellow paratroopers and medics.
McBeth was a Health Care Specialist (Combat Medic) with Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
“Morganne treated all of her patients with unsurpassed compassion, regardless of their injury or illness severity,” said First Lieutenant Abraham Medina Jr. “Today, the 1BSTB Medical Platoon mourns the loss of a Paratrooper, combat medic, and a magnificent young lady. Most importantly, we are thankful to have had the opportunity to share life alongside of Morganne Marie McBeth.”
McBeth joined the Army July 9, 2008 and entered basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Upon completion of basic training, she attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She arrived at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. February 25, 2009 where she was assigned to HHC, 1st BSTB and deployed to Iraq with the unit Aug. 17, 2009.
“Specialist Morganne McBeth had a positive impact on all the Paratroopers within the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion and will be dearly missed,” said Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Stitt, commander of 1st BSTB. “She was always quick with a smile and looked after her fellow Paratroopers with keen diligence and respect.”
“Morganne's vivid smile and attitude were contagious,” said Medina. “Regardless of how rough your day may have been, if Morganne entered the room you were going to smile. Her spunky character and selflessness will be remembered by all who were privileged enough to have met her.”
McBeth's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
She is survived by her father, Leonard McBeth and her stepmother, Sylvia McBeth.
A memorial in her honor will be held in Iraq and she was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
MCBETH, MORGANNE MARIE
- SPC US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/22/1991
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/02/2010
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9577
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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