Name: Raymond Frederick Beauchamp
Rank: Private First Class
Pay Grade: E3
Home of Record: Eastlake, OH
Birth Date: December 15, 1944
Religion: Roman Catholic
Death Date: January 27, 1969
Cause of Death: ground casualty by an explosive device hostile;
Died in Dinh Tuong at age 24
The body was recovered.
|Comment||[SGT D. Ziegler B Co 6/31st]|
Raymond Beauchamp was not in second squad of the second platoon, of which I was assigned. On a company size operation in an agricultural area northeast of Dong Tam, second squad and other members of Bravo Company were ordered to sweep off trail and on through a landscape of mixed secondary forest and rice paddies. During the sweep and in a wooded area, off to my left I heard a loud metallic explosion. Raymond Beauchamp was killed instantly and an Afro-American soldier was seriously wounded. The Afro-American soldier was extracted via medevac. Four men carried PFC Beauchamp's body in a poncho to the company CP. One of those four men was me.
It's been a long time. I believe he was in gun crew (M60) I was senior man in that crew. We were making a line sweep, I believe battalion sweep. The operation from the beginning was bad news. We sat on a road for a long time, I think overnight, and these piper cub planes dropped Chu Hoi pamphlets that said, you are surrounded give up." So the enemy did and left a bunch of booby traps. Then we started the sweep we weren't into it too long and we ran into bamboo (this I remember vividly it's been going through my mind since I came home). I was last man in B Co. The bamboo split us up I went left with my friend Pat Rizzo who was the first guy in Delta Co. The rest went down the trail on the right. I was about half way down past bamboo thicket when there was big explosion on my right. I ran down to the end of the bamboo and started coming up the right side of it. They started yelling trail has mines. So I went to the left in some mud and came up. Beauchamp was dead and medevaced black soldier Ed Frazier legs were tore up. I helped put him on slick. I held poncho at his feet. I have tried to track him down but no luck. The reason I know his name is from copy of morning report. He wasn't in the company long. I called him Teddy Bear.
I spent time with Beauchamp in the day and at night in our position. He was a nice guy a good Man. I don't know what else to say.
I wish it never happened. He was from Ohio and he was a innocent midwestern guy. I guess that's what GOD wanted. Bless you Beauchamp.
John Raffo, firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Roy Motulewicz and I am a Vietnam veteran. I went to school with Ray at Eastlake North High in Eastlake,Ohio. I graduated in 1964 and believe Ray was a year behind me. I spent 13 months in Vietnam as a Navy medic attached to the Marine Corps. I was in Danang, Phubai, Quang Tri. and at Delta Med in DongHA. Third battalion, third Marines. It wasn't until years later after returning home that I heard of Ray's demise and the small world as it is, he turned out to be the cousin of the man my sister married. After much discussion and tears I found it only appropriate to visit his grave in nearby Willoughby,Ohio and to visit it often and especially on Memorial Day when I place the American Flag on his resting place, I do not wish to call it a grave because Ray is still with me and will never be forgotten as will any other brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we take for granted today. I grieve for all of my fallen comrades and mostly for their survivors because I truly think the ones that gave their lives are in a better place. I have the utmost respect for the fallen and equally for those of us who are left behind. No, we didn't get the admiration and parades our fellow servicemen enjoy to this day. In fact we were hated, called baby killers,and sometimes assaulted and spit on, but we know who we are and can form a very special bond that no one who has lived our lives can ever understand. I still love everyone in this Great United States of America regardless, because we are as much, hero's ,as any that came before us.
Sincerely, Roy Motulewicz, HM2,USN, B419595, a faithful supporter of our troops and an irreversible patriot. Love your country and it's flag and remove your cap when singing the anthem at any event. Don't disrespect me and my Country. Live your life to the fullest and be damned happy you are an American. Many are not!
I grew up with Ray on E.337th. St., Eastlake, Oh. We met when Ray was about 8 yrs. old. we were friends from that time foreward. I graduated from North High School in Eastlake in June 1962. On june 12th. 1962 I joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Fy. until June 1965. Growing up, Ray had a sister named Maryann. Ray and Maryann had red hair taking after thier father. Thier father had his own business called, Sturdy Wood Products, which he worked out of his garages at home.
While in the 101st. Airborne I got married and we had a daughter. When I got out Ray and I went our separate ways because I needed to work and support my family. The naxt thing I heard was that Ray had been killed in Vietnam. I couldn't go to his funeral because it made me think to much about the other friends I lost over there.
I am proud to say that I am honored to have known and grew up with Ray. He was a very proud American.
May you R.I.P. Raymond Frederick Beauchamp!
Rod Severson, (Sgt. Severson, Bravo Company, 6/31st, 9th infantry