Beasley completes training.
Marine Corps Pvt. C. Beasley, son of Ande C. and
Jess T. Beasley of Corsicana, recently completed basic training at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. He
successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new
Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Beasley
is a 2000 graduate of
Corsicana High School.
Big Brother is Home: Beasley, Marine, returns after stint on sea
By MICAH CHAPLIN/Daily Sun Staff
At 21, Chris Beasley has only recently
entered what most would consider adulthood. At the same time,
Beasley has seen a side of the world most adults rarely think about.
Until the past two years, he spent all of
his life in Corsicana, in the same house. But after a year at
Navarro College, Beasley decided to join the Marines. Although his
family has military roots, Beasley says he had no particular reason
for becoming a Marine.
"I just thought it might help out with
college," he said.
In the end, the Marines also took him
across the country and, eventually, around the world.
In early January, Beasley was deployed to
Iraq to assist in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He said the announcement
came as no big surprise.
"They had been telling us for quite awhile
that we'd be going, but you never know what's the truth," he said.
"But we always knew we might go."
Beasley said his time in Iraq was "nothing
"I was just doing my job," he said. "I
mostly worked on carriers, maintaining the cockpit controls. We
really didn't see anything there. We just sat in the water."
According to Beasley, there were about 200
to 300 guys, most of which were between the ages of 18 and 23. The
beds were stacked three or four high and there were just six showers
for them all to use. He said downtime was boring and was often spent
playing cards and sleeping.
"I met some nice people, there just wasn't
much to do," he said.
Beasley arrived back in the U.S. on July
24, where he spent a week working at his station in Yuma, Ariz. He
returned for a week in Corsicana Monday, and was welcomed home by
his parents, Buddy and Ande, sister Shannon, 11, and several members
of his church.
"Everyone in church was anxious for him to
come back," Ande said. "They've known him since he was a baby, so
they feel he's part theirs."
Ande said relatives have been calling ever
since he arrived home, anxious to talk to him. More will inevitably
make the trek to Corsicana to see him before he goes back to
Arizona, including older sister Andra, who lives in Huntsville.
Today, Chris and Shannon plan to spend the
day, just the two of them, at Six Flags. Shannon says she has a
pretty good relationship with her brother.
"It's boring when he's gone. I had no one
to talk to," Shannon said. "I missed him."
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