A memorial service has been planned for retired Marine EDD Sgt. Beyco, according to Wave3 on July 10..
Those in the Louisville, Kentucky area are invited to attend. The memorial service will take place on July 14 at 2 p.m. At VFW 1170, located at 107 Evergreen Road in Middletown. A 2.6 mile flag line will stretch from the Bluegrass Harley Davidson to the VFW in Beyco’s honor.
Sgt. Beyco, who was a best friend to retired veteran Joe Strum, lost her battle with cancer on June 17. An Examiner article written shortly after her death can be found on Examiner.
K-9 handler and Vietnam War veteran Denzil Lile will give a eulogy. Also planned are a musical tribute featuring bagpipes, and the firing of volley in salute.
Sgt. Beyco will be the first K-9 Veteran to be honored with a Ride of Respect, where her ashes will ride on the lead bike.
The Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders have been asked by Joe to be Beyco’s honorary escorts. The Riders website has a list of Sgt. Beyco’s accomplishments while she served her country. Here is the memorial written on their page.
“The Kentucky Patriot Guards Riders has lost one of it’s own and a True American Hero. MWD Beyco H100 P/EDD Sgt. MP United States Marine Corps.
Sgt.MWD Beyco H100 P/EDD MP USMC Ret. Iraq War Veteran 2 Tours 2005-08 multiple finds of Weapons & Ammo, 6 IED’s and over 3200 Combat Search hours, found 6 armed insurgents one with a suicide Vest hiding in a Canal, 8 Medals and Ribbons Including Combat Action Ribbon & Navy & Marine Achievement Medal. 10 Letters of Appreciation and a Certificate of Accommodation for her Iraq Service 2007-08. United States Military Working Dog Service Award Medal . Worked 4 Secret Service Missions and Teamed with the US Marshall’s and N.C. Local Law Enforcement on Bomb Threats at schools and Public Places while Stationed a MCAS Cherry Point NC.”
Beyco Retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on 11/10/2011. At her retirement her Kennel Master said she was “The Best Bomb Dog at MCAS Cherry Point”. No one was Killed or injured on Beycos watch including both of her Handlers who acknowledge & attribute Beycos Military Service Training & Nose for their safe return.”
“We have been requested by her handler Joe Sturm to stand and escort in honor of Sgt. Beyco. As a PGR member Beyco could help in ways that none of us could, she brought comfort and smiles to families suffering grief on every mission.”
Sgt. Beyco served 10 years in the USMC, and came to Louisville in 2012. Joe said it all when he told the military community of her death stating
“It was an honor to hold your leash.”
Rest in peace, dear girl. Your service to your country, as well as to Joe, will never be forgotten.