Alumni Samuel K. Beamon Sr.
Public Service Award
Mr. Samuel K. Beamon, Sr. (1947—2018) joined the Young Marines upon its founding in 1959 at Waterbury, CT and was the epitome of a public servant. After his Young Marine career, he went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and flew a combined 320 combat missions in Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic, crew chief, and aerial gunner. After serving his country in the Marines, he went on to serve his community as a Waterbury police officer for 28 years and rose through the ranks to command the juvenile division. Mr. Beamon had a passion for veterans and youth. After retiring he served in leadership positions within the Marine Corps League and the Waterbury Veterans Memorial Committee. He was inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. Along with giving back his time to the Young Marines, he was an oft-requested guest speaker at schools to discuss patriotism, citizenship, and service.