The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Daniel Warren Beary, who died in the service of his country on May 14th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Mine (WIA 05/13/1967). At the time of his death Daniel was 20 years of age. He was from Hardin, Montana. Daniel is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 19E, Line 115.
The decorations earned by PFC Daniel Warren Beary include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
Daniel is buried in the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Cemetery.
Daniel was killed by booby trap vicinity of LZ Liz. BSV per Hymoff's "4th Inf Div".
Billings Gazette, Thursday, May 18, 1967
Viet Booby Trap
Kills Hardin Man
HARDIN An exploding booby trap in South Vietnam has claimed the life of a Hardin soldier who had been in Vietnam less than two months.
Pfc. Daniel Warren Beary, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Beary, died Sunday in a surgical hospital in Vietnam of wounds received from fragments of the hostile booby trap Saturday.
He was a 1964 graduate of Hardin High School and attended both Montana State University and Eastern Montana College before entering the U.S. Army in October of 1966.
He was sent to Vietnam with the 3rd brigade of the 25th infantry March 17, 1967.
He was engaged to be married to a Billings girl, Joyce Papiel.
He was a member of the Hardin Congregational Church and active in football and basketball in high school.
The body will be sent from Vietnam to Hardin for services and burial.
Survivors include the parents: two sisters, Mrs. Donna LaBar, Missoula, and Miss Jeanie Beary, Hardin; a brother, Robert Beary, Hardin; the maternal grandmother, Mrs. Maud Warren, Harden, and the paternal grandfather, W.A. Beary, Sewalt, Iowa.
He was the 50th Montanan reported killed in Vietnam.
Billings Gazette, May 28, 1967
HARDIN Funeral services for Pfc. Daniel Warren Beary, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Beary, Hardin, were Monday in First Congregational Church.
The Rev. Delbert McLaughlin officiated. Military services in Custer Battlefield National Cemetery were conducted by Billings unit of the National Guard.
Pallbearers include Dennis Warren, Tom Warren, Bill Fisher, Dennis Beary, Gary Clawson, and David Collins.
Mr. Beary died May 14, in Vietnam of wounds received in combat.
Survivors are the parents, two sisters, one brother, maternal grandmother, and paternal grandfather.
Bullis Mortuary was in charge.
(His BSV Citation)
Award Of The Bronze Star For Heroism,
For heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 13 May 1967, Private First Class Beary distinguished himself while serving as a Rifleman with in A, 2/35th Infantry which was engaged in a search and destroy mission near Duc Pho. Company A had been committed to a landing zone by helicopter, and began a sweep to a nearby hill with the objective of clearing the area. Private First Class Beary unhesitatingly volunteered for the point position despite knowledge of the certain danger involved. As the unit advanced in was continually harassed by snipers. Private First Class Beary, always the first to be exposed to their fire, repeatedly remained in the open, drawing their fire until they could be located and eliminated. On reaching a trail, he signaled the men behind him to halt, and moved forward with another man to investigate. Several meters up the trail he spotted many enemy soldiers, but as he moved to engage them, he triggered an enemy land mine, seriously wounding himself and the man with him. Private First Class Beary refused medical attention until the other men had been treated first. He later succumbed to his wounds. Private First Class Beary's intrepid courage in the face of the enemy and devotion to duty at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.