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Spc. Nathan R. Beyers

October 13, 2012

This week’s American Hero is United States Army Specialist Nathan R. Beyers of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was assigned to the 116th Cavalry Heavy Brigade Combat Team based in Post Falls, Idaho.

According to The Spokesman-Review, “Beyers, 24, had spent several years in the Coeur d’Alene area, where his wife, Vanessa Beyers, and their infant daughter, still live, Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano said. He previously lived in Littleton, CO.”

“Nathan was proud of his job and serving our country,” Vanessa Beyers said in a statement. “He died doing something he loved and was such a brave person. We just had our first child, and Nathan had a chance to visit us when he was home on leave in January. I told him I knew he was going to be a wonderful father. We are going to miss him.”

Newby’s mother and father released a statement, noting their son could play a variety of musical instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, saxophone and drums. According to his My Space profile, he started a punk rock band called Trip Wire when he was 15.

“Nick would do anything for anybody who needed his help,” they said. “He’d stick by his friends and never gave up on anybody. He had a great sense of humor, ever since he was a kid. For instance, once when he saw his pregnant mom drinking orange juice, he said, ‘Mom, you’re getting orange juice all over the baby!”’

They also said he enjoyed his truck. “He loved thrashing his truck and then fixing it; we recall digging him out of the snow and we all smiled through it. Nick loved his family, and everybody loved him.”

Newby wrote on My Space that he enlisted in the Army National Guard even before he graduated from the Bridge Academy in December 2008, and spent much of 2009 in basic training in South Carolina.

Tragically, Specialist Beyers was killed in action on July 7, 2011, after insurgents attacked his convoy with an improvised explosive device  in Baghdad, Iraq.

I was unable to locate information regarding the resting site of Nathan Beyers, however, we’re certain he remains close to his family. We, at the American Hero Project, would like to thank Nathan’s family for their sacrifice for our country. They’ll always remember him as a son, a husband and a father. We’ll always remember him as an American Hero.

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