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672. Dick W. Beard Jr. Photo was born on 25 Jan 1921 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. (759) He died on 12 Jan 1945 in Luzon, Philippines. He was buried on 12 Aug 1948 in Austin Memorial Park, Travis County, Texas. (760)

Graduated from Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas, and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a degree in petroleum engineering in June, 1942.

In Austin, was associated with Ernest O. Thompson, railroad commissioner. During summer vacations worked with the oil and gas division of the commission office.

After joining the Army Air Corps., was sent to the California Institute of Technology, where he obtained his master of arts in meteorology there in September, 1943. He was assigned to weather stations in Australia, and then worked in more difficult stations in New Guinea. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant.

Dick Beard volunteered to lead a weather task force team into the Philippines, and was chosen to command and set up the first weather station in the invasion of Luzon. He and his men were killed aboard an LST which was part of the convoy of Allied Forces taking part in the invasion of Luzon on January 12, 1945, when the convoy was subjected to an air attack by Japanese Planes. One of the Japanese airplanes made a suicide dive on the LST in which Dick was riding and in the resulting crash Dick was killed. He was buried on January 13, 1945, in a cemetery in Lingayen on the west coast of Luzon, and reburied in Austin on August 12, 1948.

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Headquarters, 20th Weather Squadron, AAF, 15th Weather Region, APO 920

24 January 1945

Dick W. Beard, Jr.
2245 North MacGregor
Houston, Texas

Dear Mr. Beard:

It is with the utmost sympathy that I must tell you as much of the details as I know of the death of your son, Dick W. Beard, Jr.

Dick was well known by most of the members of this Squadron and loved and respected by all in the year that he was with us. I first met him in March of last year when we were both working at the same weather station in Australia. He had several assignments in Australia, but was soon transferred to the more difficult New Guinea stations, and was rapidly given positions of greater responsibility in keeping with his intelligent supervision of weather stations assigned to him.

Dick was among the first to submit his name as a volunteer to lead a weather task force team into the Philippines; and because of his outstanding record, he was chosen to command and set up the first weather station in the invasion of Luzon.

From the time he and his men left this headquarters, we had no further word about him until two days ago, when we received the radiogram that Dick had been killed in action. He and his men were aboard an LST which was a part of the convoy of Allied Forces taking part in the invasion of Luzon on January 12, 1945 when the convoy was subjected to an air attack by Japanese planes. One of the Japanese airplanes made a suicide dive on the LST in which Dick was riding and in the resulting crash Dick was killed. He was buried January 13, 1945 with full military honors in a cemetery located in the town of Lingayen which is situated on the Lingayen Gulf on the west coast of Luzon.

Information concerning Dick's personal effects and other official matters will be furnished you by the Adjutant General.

All of the officers and men in this Squadron join me in sending you our deepest sympathy in the loss of your son - he was one of the best.

Please feel free to write me at amy time if i can help you in any way.

DORENCE C. JAMESON
Major, Air Corps, Commanding

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The Austin American, Austin, Texas

Wednesday, August 11, 1948, Page 8

Services Planned Here Tomorrow for Lt. Beard

Funeral services for one of World War II's heroes from Texas will be held Thursday in Austin.

Rites for Lieutenant Dick W. Beard, Jr., are to be ministered at the Weed-Corley Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Dr. Edmund Heinsohn, pastor of the University Methodist Church, will be in charge.

Lt. Beard was killed in action Jan. 12, 1945, on Luzon.

His body has been at the US Armed Forces Cemetery, Santa Barbara No. 1, in the Philippine Islands. Reburial in Austin will be at Memorial Park.

The 23-year-old airman was stationed in Australia and the Admiralty Islands 14 months.

Born Jan 25, 1921, he graduated from Paschal High School at Fort Worth. College days were spent at the University of Texas where he studied petroleum engineering and received his degree in June, 1942.

A well known young man in Austin, he formerly was associated with Ernest O. Thompson, railroad commissioner. During summer vacations he worked with the oil and gas division of the commission office.

After joining the Air Corps, Lt. Beard was sent to the California Institute of Technology. He received his master of arts in meteorology there in September, 1943.

Survivors include his father, Mr. Dick Beard Sr., of Houston, two sisters, Miss Helen Beard and Mrs. A. L. Sullivan, both of Fort Worth; and one brother, Jim Beard of Bryan.



The Austin American, Thursday, August 12, 1948, Page 20:

Mortuary

Lt. Dick W. Beard, Jr.

Funeral services were held at the Weed-Corley Funeral home at 3 p.m. Thursday. Dr. Edmund Heinsohn, pastor of the University Methodist church officiated. Burial was in Austin Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were P. C. Heinsohn and John Wissinger of Houston, R. M. Euband of Corpus Christi, John Heichelbech of Cuego, and E. M. Becker and E. D. Pipes of San Antonio.