From a contemporary press report:
Oscar Benjamin Beasley, 89, a retired Army colonel who worked as chief of commercial contracting for a Washington area construction company, died of cardiac arrest May 31, 1998 at Calvert Memorial Hospital. He had homes in Lake Barcroft and Scientists Cliffs, Maryland.
Colonel Beasley, a native of Florida, was a 1930 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The majority of his military career was spent as an engineer. During World War II, he commanded the 40th Combat Engineer Regiment, which he took over in Sicily and led through several campaigns in Italy, Southern France and Germany.
After the war, he oversaw construction of Air Force bases in Tennessee and Iceland. He was serving at NATO headquarters in Paris when he retired from the military in 1959.
He came to the Washington area in 1961, then worked several years for Kettler Brothers Inc.
His military honors included two Legion of Merit awards.
His wife of 47 years, Helen Wickert Beasley, died in 1981.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ray Beasley of Lake Barcroft and Scientists Cliffs; five children from his first marriage; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
BEASLEY, OSCAR BENJAMIN Col. U.S.A. (Ret)
On Sunday, May 31, 1998. Beloved husband of Mary Ray Beasley and preceded in death by Helene Wickert Beasley; father of Benjamin B., Barbara A., Jere E., Helen M. and Timothy A.; brother of Clarence Beasley and Thelma Larche; nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Lovick P. Williams. Also survived by 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Ft. Myer Chapel on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Planetary Society, 65 Catalina Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106-2301.
BEASLEY, OSCAR B
- Colonel, United States Army
- DATE OF BIRTH: 04/09/1909
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/31/1998
- BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 771
- 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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