U.S. Army Sgt. William J. "B.J." Beardsley, 25, of Coon Rapids, Minn., formerly from Indiana.
Sgt Beardsley was assigned to the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Troop Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.. He died Feb. 26, 2007 in Diwaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.
To his family, William Beardsley was B.J. His dad, Jim, says he and B.J. talked at length just last week. "He told me Friday, if something happens to me I want you to make sure that my kids know who I am," Jim Beardsley said. "And I told him I would."
B.J. has a son, Chance, who is 4, and a 3-year-old daughter, Alexis. They live with their mother in Indiana.
Sgt Beardsley was buried in Indianapolis, Indiana.