Roy T. Beard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beard was born in Memphis, on April 5, 1921. He was killed in action on Iwo Jima on March 11, 1945. He was buried in the temporary Marine Cemetery on that island. He had been in the service almost six years, having enlisted when he was 18-years-old.
He was educated in the Memphis Schools, and was working at the Memphis Bottling Works when he enlisted.
He was stationed at San Francisco for three months and at New River, North Carolina for six months. He had made one trip to Pearl Harbor and had two furloughs home in 1944.
He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Beard; one brother Cecil Beard of Memphis; five sisters, Mrs. Roy Sims of Memphis, Mrs. Ralph Rothrock and Mrs. William Rothrock of Gorin, Mrs. Ed Huston of Lancaster, and Mrs. George Martin of Burlington.