Beasley, Jesse, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
6302-LDO Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1951-1954, 6302, VP-2 Neptunes
Service Years
1942 - 1954

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dixon Springs, TN
Last Address
Dixon Springs, TN

Casualty Date
Jan 04, 1954
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
MC 32-1 (Memorial)

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Last Known Activity

Lieutenant Beasley was a veteran of World War II. In Korea, he was the plane commander of a P2V-5 Neptune patrol bomber with Patrol Squadron 2, US Navy. While on a night reconnaissance mission of North Korea and China coasts on January 4, 1954, contact was lost and he was declared Missing in Action.
According to the radio log, the crew left Iwakuni, Japan, at 2:28 p.m., Jan. 4, 1954. Lt. Beasley flew 72 miles off the coast of Manchuria and within 50 miles of China and North Korea.

At 6 p.m. the crew's radio transmissions were full of static. Twenty-three minutes later crew members sent a distress signal indicating the plane had lost an engine and they wanted to land at the nearest base, at Gunsan, South Korea. But for reasons Coble cannot explain, the crew apparently received the wrong coordinates to Gunsan. They didn't get accurate coordinates until much later in the flight, and by then it was too late.

After seven more minutes, crew members radioed for help. The log does not mention an attack by another aircraft, although the log is not complete because of the static in some transmissions.

Less than an hour later, the plane had dropped from 1,500 to 100 feet. It climbed a few hundred feet higher, then crashed into the sea.

Service number: 351146

Please also visit the 3 Cape Cod created by Satch Beasley.

All of the information contained in this profile was compiled from various internet sources as well as information from official documents as supplied by Satch Beasley - Lt Jesse Beasley's son. Photographs of Lt Beasley and the family portrait were contributed by Satch Beasley and used with his permission.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USNR Aviator Training V-5 ProgramSchool Assignments - StaffNAS MemphisFormal Schools and Training Courses
VB-2BUS NavyNaval Air Station Whidbey IslandNAS Barbers Point
VR-7NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)VP-2 Neptunes
  1942-1942, 6302, USNR Aviator Training V-5 Program
  1942-1943, 6302, Naval Flight Training
  1943-1943, 6302, NAS Memphis
  1943-1944, 6302, Naval Flight Training
  1944-1944, 6302, VB-2B
  1944-1944, 6302, NAS Beaufort, SC
  1944-1945, 6302, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
  1945-1946, 6302, NAS Barbers Point
  1946-1946, 6302, VB-2B
  1946-1948, 6302, VR-7
  1948-1949, 6302, NAS Patuxent River (NASPAX)
  1950-1951, 6302, Branch Dental Clinic NPS Monterey (Faculty Staff), Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1951-1954, 6302, VP-2 Neptunes
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of Technology
  1949-1950, Georgia Institute of Technology
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Listed as Korean War Casualty
  Sep 01, 1942, Enlisted as an Aviation Cadet
  Mar 16, 1944, Promoted to Ensign
  Jun 24, 1944, Married Pauline Elizabeth Hite
  Sep 13, 1945, Qualified as transport plane commander
  Oct 01, 1945, Promoted to Lieutenant (jg)
  May 12, 1952, Qualified as patrol plane commander
  May 27, 1952, Issued special intrument rating card
  Jan 08, 1954, Ex-Tennessean Lost1
  Jan 13, 1954, Navy Announces Names1
  Aug 15, 2017, Korean War Memorials2
  Aug 15, 2017, General Photos3
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Gold Star Family RegistryKorean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, Korean War Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
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