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Age:   25
Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN
Date of Death: 2/26/2007
Incident Location: Diwaniya, Iraq
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade, 3rd Infantry
Unit's Base: Fort Stewart, Ga.

William J. Beardsley's biggest fear was that he'd be forgotten by his children _ 4-year-old Chance and 2-year-old Alexis _ if he died. "He said, 'If anything happens to me, I want to make sure my kids know who I am,'" said his father, Jim Beardsley. "He was afraid that if something happened to him, the kids being as small as they are, they wouldn't understand why he was gone." Beardsley, 25, of Coon Rapids, Minn., died Feb. 26 in Diwaniyah when an explosive detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to Fort Stewart. "He was rather quiet, respectful _ but with a great smile," said his grandfather, Jim Beardsley. "He had that Southern politeness about him." Enlisting at 18, he spent three years stationed in South Korea and at Fort Campbell. He left the Army briefly to work as a landscape contractor with his father. "He'd outwork anybody. If somebody else would dig, he'd dig faster," Jim Beardsley said. But he re-enlisted, said his mother, Lavonna Harper "He was a character, for sure, always quick-witted and he loved anything to do with motor sports and motorcycles," said Cassie Borden, his sister.
Source: Associated Press
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