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Bruce Spalding Beals

February 8, 1945June 17, 2020

Retired Colonel Bruce S. Beals died peacefully on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Temple, TX after a long battle with Lewy Body disease. He was 75.

Colonel Beals was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1945 to Hervey and Lucille Beals. He served with distinction on active duty in the United States Army for 30 years from 1963 to 1993. Colonel Beals served overseas tours of duty in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany as well as in assignments in the United States in Washington DC, Alabama, Kansas, and Texas. He was a role model and mentor for many soldiers and officers.

After retirement in 1993, Colonel Beals was active in local affairs in Copperas Cove serving as an investigator for the County Attorney and as a member of the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board. He also spent time as a training consultant/contractor for Vinnell Arabia and Oshkosh in Saudi Arabia. Colonel Beals had a lifelong passion for history having received history degrees from Auburn University, the US Army Command & General Staff Military Arts and Sciences program, and Tarleton State University. He enjoyed travel; music; all things German especially German beer; and his beloved Boxer, Mr. Briggs.

Colonel Beals is preceded in death by his parents, brother Eddy, wife Caroline, and son Casey. He is survived by his wife of three years, Pamela Robinson of Copperas Cove; his children Kirsten Beals of Charlotte, North Carolina; his son Andrew Beals (Teresa) of Stafford, Virginia, grandchildren Sandy and A.J. of Stafford, Virginia; his stepson Brady Robinson (Carolina) of New Braunfels, Texas; and his brother Gary Beals (Naomi) of Hilo, Hawaii.

Colonel Beals' notable active duty assignments included: • Republic of Vietnam 1968, 2d Battalion 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division • Germany 1974-1977, 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry, 1st Armor Division • Fort Rucker, AL 1977-1980, U.S. Army Aviation Center • Ft. Leavenworth, KS 1981, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College • Fort Hood, TX 1981-1983, S3 2nd Brigade 1st Cavalry Division • Washington, DC (the Pentagon) 1984, Office of the Army Chief of Public Affairs • Germany 1985-1987, Commander 2nd Battalion 36th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division • Montgomery, AL 1988, U.S. Air Force Air War College • Fort Hood, TX 1990-1993, Inspector General and Public Affairs Officer III Corps and Fort Hood

Colonel Beals' significant commendations and awards included: • Legion of Merit • Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and V Device • Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster • Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters • Air Medal • Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters • Army Good Conduct Medal • National Defense Service Medal with Service Star • Vietnam Service Medal — Second Award • Army Service Ribbon • Overseas Service Ribbon — Fourth Award • Vietnam Campaign Medal • Republic of Vietnam Gallantly Cross Unit Citation with Palm • Combat Infantryman Badge • Senior Army Aviation Badge • Army Staff Identification Badge

While there is no formal ceremony planned, Colonel Beals will be interred at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen at a future time.


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Glenn Yarborough

June 20, 2020

Wha a fine man Bruce was. We served together in Europe in the 1/1 Cavalry and he did a tremendous job. Bruce will be missed.

John Halstead

June 19, 2020

Dear Pam, Kristen, Andy, Brady and all of the Beals family,

Please accept our most sincere and deepest sympathy for your enormous loss.

Bruce was an incredible soldier who always showed an incredible balance of competence, intelligence, confidence, along with a dash of brashness. He was a rare combination of warrior and historian. For me, when I was a young Lieutenant in my first assignment to Germany, Bruce was a mentor and role model. I learned a great deal from him, lessons I still use today. Not only did Bruce provide an exceptional example of leadership – he also introduced me to German beer for which I have always been grateful.

Later, Bruce became a great friend. After we had both retired, we had a great trip to Germany, where we crisscrossed the country. We traveled the back roads of former East Germany tracing Bruce’s ancestry, visited retired German officers Bruce had worked with along the East German border back in the Cold War era, and a visit to O’Brien Barracks where we reflected on our assignments there. On this trip, as always, Bruce never met a stranger. It is hard to think that he is no longer here.

We know the days ahead will be difficult. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Helen and John Halstead