836 – Agent Orange claimed another Vietnam Veteran

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Pat Beard is pictured with his wife, Sharon, and son, Tim, being honored at a Aug. 18, 2014 Twins game. (South Washington County Bulletin)

One of the darkest curses loosed on Vietnam Veterans was that of Agent Orange – the wonder chemical defoliant that was supposed to help us win the war. It not only failed in helping us win the war but it shortened and ruined the lives of thousands of Vietnam Veterans. It was sinister in that it would sometimes strike immediately after exposure with one of the many illnesses caused by its dioxin component. In other cases its deadly effects would hideously lay dormant in the body of the exposed person for many years and then unexpectedly manifest its presence with the appearance of one on the terrible illnesses.

In this episode, the story of one of those brave Vietnam Veterans whose life was claimed by the grim reaper doing the dastardly work of Agent Orange is featured. The demise of Pat Beard was covered in a story in The Twin Cities Pioneer Press titled: Pat Beard, former state rep and Vietnam vet exposed to Agent Orange, has died.  submitted by Bob Shaw – bshaw@pioneerpress.com.

Pat Beard is another incredible representative of the Vietnam Veteran Generation, one as great as any that ever heeded the call of duty from our country. He passed away on February 7, 2017. His memorial service and funeral will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 15 at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. More about his passing at: http://www.wisefamilyfh.com/obituaries/Patrick-Beard/

Pat joined the US Navy in 1968 and served eighteen months in Vietnam as a Seabee and Navy Seal. He was awarded the Silver Star and three Bronze Stars for heroism. He came home, went back to college and earned a degree from the University of Minnesota then proceeded to spend a career in the steel industry.

Continuing in his service to country in 1982 he was elected to his first of six terms in the Minnesota Legislature. He was admired by all who knew him for his service to his neighbors, his community, his state and his country.

Thank you Pat Beard for your service to your country and for being a great American. RIP


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