PO 3rd Class Clayton R. Beauchamp
Petty Officer 3rd Class Clayton R. Beauchamp, of Weatherford, Texas, died Aug. 7 when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device while conducting a dismounted patrol in the Shaban District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Camp Pendleton, Calif. He graduated from Weatherford High School in 2009 and enlisted in the Navy that July. Beauchamp was serving his first tour of duty and was scheduled to return home in October. He was planning to buy an engagement ring for his girlfriend once he returned home. Among his awards and decorations are the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Eagle Globe and Anchor device, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifle Ribbon, Navy Expert Pistol Ribbon and Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist device. His remains are being escorted back to Weatherford by his older brother, also serving in the Navy in Afghanistan.
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