Beach, Sam Festis, Jr., Capt

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1967-1968, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
Service Years
1963 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Glendale, Arizona
Last Address
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Jan 17, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 061

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 Unit Assignments
82nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron20th Tactical Air Support Squadron504th  Tactical Air Support Group
  1966-1967, 82nd Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1967-1968, 1115A, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1967-1968, 504th Tactical Air Support Group
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  1967-1968 Vietnam War
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The Citadel
  1959-1963, The Citadel
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-102 Delta Dagger  O-2 Skymaster  
  1966-1967, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1967-1968, O-2 Skymaster
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Last Known Activity
Captain Sam Festis Beach Jr. was from Glendale, Arizona and born on Jul 4, 1941. He was 26 and married when he died.
Captain Beach was a Covey Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang operating from Khe Sanh. Captain Beach was flying O-2A (S/N 67-21327) with Sgt. Donald Lee Chaney, US Army Special Forces observer, when the aircraft was hit by ground fire on take-off from Khe Sanh and crashed in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam.
His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Sam Festis Beach, Jr. (AFSN: 0-3156285), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force as a Forward Air Controller of the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, directing fighter aircraft in Southeast Asia on 1 November 1967. On that date, Captain Beach rescued elements of a Special Forces reconnaissance patrol which had been overrun by numerically superior hostile forces and separated. Flying at treetop level in the face of continuous hostile ground fire, Captain Beach located the members of the patrol and successfully directed them to the only suitable landing zone in the area, where they were extracted. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Captain Beach has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Action Date: November 1, 1967
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain
Battalion: 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron

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