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Flags will fly at half staff Monday in honor of soldier

August 14, 2004

INWOOD, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise ordered state flags at state facilities to be lowered to half staff on Monday in honor and memory of Sgt. Bobby Edward Beasley, who died last Saturday when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

The funeral for Beasley, 36, of Inwood, will begin Monday at 11 a.m. at Rosedale Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Burial will follow in Rosedale Cemetery.

Beasley, a Virginia Army National Guard member, was the first soldier from the Eastern Panhandle to die overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom.

He will be awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Virginia Legion of Merit and the Combat Infantry Badge, according to a prepared statement from the governor's office.

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He had received three Army Achievement Medals, two Southwest Asia Service Medals and other awards.

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