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Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie, died May 22, 2011, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st ID

By 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office | PAO.MR | May 25, 2011

FORT RILEY, Kan. – A Soldier from the 1st Infantry Division assigned to the division's 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team died May 22 from wounds suffered while supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq.

Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie was killed in action after enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device near Baghdad. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

Beattie, 37, of Medical Lake, Wash., was an infantry platoon sergeant with over 16 years of Army service. He is survived by his wife and two children. He had been stationed at Fort Riley since Aug. 2008. This was his third deployment to Iraq. During his career, Beattie had also served as a drill instructor at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and had earned the Expert Infantryman Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge. Beattie was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal (second award) and the Purple Heart.

The 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, deployed to Iraq in November, 2010, and serves as an advise and assist brigade under the United States Division – Center in central Iraq.

To date, 177 Fort Riley Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors have died while serving in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

For more information, contact the 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office at (785) 240-6359 / 307-0641 or e-mail rile.pao@conus.army.mil.

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