Beeson, Morris S., ENC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Last Primary Rate
EN-Engineman
Last Rate Group
Engineman
Primary Unit
1967-1969, EN, USCGC Point Orient (WPB-82319)
Service Years
1950 - 1969
EN-Engineman
Four Hash Marks

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1932
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Hugh McManus, BM2 to remember Beeson, Morris S., CPO.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pitkin
Last Address
Lai Chau, Vietnam
Buried at Blue Branch Cemetery, Pitkin, Louisiana.

Casualty Date
Mar 22, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Blue Branch Cemetery - Pitkin, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28W, 8

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 Duty Stations
USCGC Point Orient (WPB-82319)
  1967-1969, EN, USCGC Point Orient (WPB-82319)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1975 Vietnam War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
While the years have come and gone I have not forgotten our fallen shipmate. Fair winds and following seas Bee.

While the majority of US naval units were drawn from the Navy, the Coast Guard provided a number of smaller ships well suited to coastal patrol and close-in support for the riverine forces. Chief Petty Officer Beeson was killed in a small boat operation south of Chu Lai. The incident is described in the USNAVFORV History for March 1969:
"On the 22nd the small boat from the USCGC POINT ORIENT was checking fishing craft close inshore 56 miles north of Qui Nhon. While proceeding to board the three sampans caught in a restricted zone heavy automatic weapons fire was received from three positions to the north and west. A crewman was struck and killed instantly by the first burst of fire. In the incident three of the five sampans hailed by the small boat stopped their engines instead of evading up the river with the other two. Because restricted area violators had frequently been evading, the incident appeared to be a deliberate ambush with the sampans luring the small boat close to the shore line."
The incident occurred at Tam Quan Point which forms the northern border of Tam Quan harbour, Binh Dinh Province.

Beeson Hall, the USCG Division 12 headquarters in Da Nang, was the only Coast Guard facility named for any of the Squadron One Coast Guardsmen killed in action in Vietnam.

Bill Wells, a Guardsmen who served in Vietnam, maintains an informal Coast Guard Vietnam site where the photos of Chief Engineman Morris Beeson were found. They were taken by, and belong to, another POINT ORIENT sailor, Bill Ross.

 



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ENC Morris Beeson helps supplement the dinner table.
   
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