Soldier Honored: Brock A. Beery
Hometown: White House, TN
Branch of Service: Army National Guard
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Army Staff Sergeant Brock Beery, 30, of White House, Tenn., was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor Regiment, Kentucky National Guard, Bowling Green, Ky. He was driving a fully armored light medium tactical vehicle when he encountered an IED followed by enemy small arms fire during combat operations near Habbaniyah, Iraq, about 80 miles west of Baghdad, and died on March 23, 2006 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
SSG Beery was a native of Warsaw, Ind. He had previously toured in Egypt with the Indiana National Guard and Bosnia with the Kentucky National Guard. According to his wife, SSG Beery became dedicated to the military at an early age and enjoyed his family, off road four-wheeling adventures, collecting guns and hunting. His voluntary assignment to Iraq was his third deployment, after one to the Sinai and another to Bosnia.
Beery worked as a petroleum supervisor, overseeing distribution of bulk fuel oils, and also as a mortar direction chief. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Kentucky Distinguished Service Medal as well as other distinguished medals and awards.
He is survived by his wife and daughter. His daughter is a Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient.