20, of Lisbon, Maine; assigned to the 27th Main Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; killed May 24 during a mortar attack on Camp Cooke in Taji, Iraq.
A 20-year-old soldier who died of injuries sustained in a mortar attack in Iraq represented another tragedy for a family that already had suffered an incredible loss.
Army Spc. Beau R. Beaulieu’s stepfather, Frederick Field Jr., was the brother of Staff Sgt. Thomas Field, who was dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, after being killed in the 1993 firefight detailed in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down”.
“I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to have a couple immediate family members, loved ones, lost under these circumstances,” said Jim Bennett, a Lisbon native and friend of the Fields who is now city manager in Lewiston. “It has to be the most challenging circumstances anyone can go through.”
Beaulieu died Monday at Camp Cooke in Taji, on the northern outskirts of Baghdad, while serving with the 27th Main Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. The Army is investigating the incident.
Beaulieu and his wife Christina were members of the class of 2002 at Lisbon High School and were married shortly before he left for Iraq.
This is what Christina said about her husband:
|“Beau: the nicest guy you would ever meet in your life. He would give the shirt off his back to help you before himself. Extremely hard worker. Knew nothing in life was free and you had to bust ass to get where you want to go in life. Quiet and reserved yet had the most contagious laugh. Once you heard him laughing it was almost impossible not to laugh with him. Believed family came first. Loved his mom brother and sister more then life itself. Joined the army to follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and really believed he was making a difference after 9/11. His heart is made of gold. I have never met another person who loved so much. He gave me everything. He was my best friend. My confidant my world. He was not one for recognition he said he doesn’t need it, the feeling he got for doing everything to the best of his ability was enough. He was the most squared away soldier in his unit. Before you asked him something it was already done. He loved the army and was good at his job. He would’ve been a lifer and gone up thru the ranks quickly and would’ve been a great asset to the u.s army.”|
“He’s a person who believed in what was right,” said Jill Hooper, his former English teacher at Lisbon High School. “Him being part of the Army just didn’t surprise me. He would have felt that was his duty and something he would be proud to do.”
Beau’s wife, Christina, indicated that the stone to honor her husband must be retrieved from Bradbury Mountain State Park in Maine, where Beau loved to hike and enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors. He spent hours hiking those trails and staying grounded and centered.