Earl Ramon Beadle was born July 23, 1926, at Fort Sill Oklahoma.  His parents were Earl and Myrtle Beadle.  He remained at Fort Sill until 1940.  His father was in a field artillery unit, and subsequently retired in 1942 due to health problems.

Prior to joining the Navy Beadle worked as a civilian as an aircraft mechanic at Biggs Air Force Base.  He would later join the Civil Air Patrol.

Beadle joined the Navy in 1944, and his father, an Army veteran, jokingly referred to him as a “traitor.”  Beadle completed boot camp at San Diego, California, and was then transferred to the Pacific Theater of War, aboard the U.S.S. Capps.

He was mustered out of the Navy in 1946, but later joined the Air Force during the Korean War.  He finished his military career at Little Rock Air Force Base where he retired in1968.

During his military career, Beadle received numerous awards, including: Vietnam Service Medal; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award; Air Force Good Conduct Medal with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal with Three Bronze Loops; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with Four Bronze Service Stars; American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal with Marksmanship Ribbon; Philippine Liberation Ribbon’ and Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He is married to Leona Tyra Beadle and has four sons.


Box 1

File 1 – Biographical Material of Earl Ramon Beadle

File 2 – Diary of Earl Beadle from June 23, 1943 (age 17) to May 1, 1945

File 3 – WWII Diary of Stanley R. Goral-U.S.S. Capps, March 22, 1944 to July 9, 1945

File 4 – WWII Diary of John Hnatishin – U.S. Navy, May 24, 1943 to Feb. 17, 1946

File 5 – News releases dated Feb. 19, 1945 to May 9, 1945

File 6 – Copies of Photos and Information on the Navy Destroyer U.S.S. Capps

File 7 – 1 Audio Cassette: Radio News Broadcast of the Battle of Iwo Jima, 1945

File 8 – 2 Video Cassettes: U.S.S. LCI – WWII Narrated by Bill Brinkley & U.S.S. Nevada BB-36, 1916-1946

File 9 – UDT Operation:  Iwo Jima, Historical account of an Underwater Demolition Team, By Edwin S. Swaney, Lieutenant, USNR (Ret.)

File 10 – The Battle of Midway Memorial – 1942-1992

File 11 – V-J Day, September 2, 1945-September 2, 1995, Published by the Navy and Marine Corps. WWII Commemorative Committee

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