George Samuel Beatty, Jr.
Major General, United States Army
General Beatty was born in Clinton, North Carolina, on October 26, 1917. He was raised in an Army family, his father being a highly decorated infantry officer.
He graduated from Presbyterian College and also attended the University of North Carolina where he met his first wife, Helen Ann Jacobs.
His Army career spanned 36 years including both staff and command assignments. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He wore the wings of a Master Parachutist and served in the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team in Korea. He was later inducted as Distinguished Member of that Regiment. His service in Viet Nam was as the Chief of Staff of the First Cavalry Division (Air Assault). He was inducted in to the U. S. Army Aviation Hall of Fame and wore the wings of a Master Pilot, qualified in both rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft.
He served as the Commanding General of Hunter Army Airfield in the 1960 s and was instrumental in establishing a major helicopter training program there.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with cluster, the Legion of Merit with cluster and many other U. S. and foreign decorations.
General Beatty made his home in Savannah, Georgia, for many years and was very active in civic affairs. He was past President of the Rotary Club of Savannah and past President of the Savannah Scottish Games. He was an officer in the St. Andrew s Society of Savannah, Member of the Oglethorpe Club, The Savannah Golf Club and the Cosmos Club. He was a long time member and Elder of the Independent Presbyterian Church.
After the untimely death of his first wife of 52 years, he married Virginia Crigler of Greenville, South Carolina, who preceded him in death. Survivors: daughters, Mrs. Charles Cole (Anne) of Grayson and Mrs. Alfred Callahan III (Helen) of Nashville,Tennessee; sisters, Mrs. David Barnett of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; grandsons, Alfred Samuel Callahan IV, Mark Beatty Callahan and David Taylor Cole and granddaughter, Lauren Elaine Cole.
Memorial Service: 3:00 p. m. Sunday December
23, 2001, at The Independent Presbyterian Church, Reverend Terry L. Johnson,
Senior Minister officiating. Remembrances: Presbyterian College in Clinton,
South Carolina, or the U. S. Army Aviation Museum in Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
BEATTY, GEORGE SAMUEL JR
MG US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/01/1945 - 09/01/1975
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/26/1917
DATE OF DEATH: 12/15/2001
DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/09/2002
BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 9759-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
BEATTY, HELEN J