4 honored at Patriots Peace Memorial

Memorial Day 2015
Published: May. 25, 2015 at 10:27 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2015 at 10:27 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Four members of the armed services were enshrined this Memorial Day at a Louisville memorial designed to honor those killed in the line of duty, but not by hostile action.

Four concrete bricks were removed from the Patriots Peace Memorial and replaced by personalized glass plates, allowing light to radiate out at night. A total of 448 members of the armed services have been memorialized since 2002.

The group provided the following biographies for the four people honored Monday:

Major (Maj) Morris O. Beck, U.S. Air Force, age 38, perished at sea on November 4, 1959, when his aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while on patrol. Maj Beck was the command pilot of a B-52 aircraft, attached to the 367th Bomb Squadron at McDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, when it was forced down due to an electrical fire. Rescue efforts failed to recover the aircraft or bodies of the crew. Maj Beck, who was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War at the time of his death, will be presented for enshrinement by his daughter, Ms. Diane Beck Crawford, of Louisville, Kentucky, who was 12 years old at the time of her father's passing.

June 13, 1921 - November 4, 1959

Captain (CPT) William L. Davis, U.S. Air Force, age 28, died in a motorcycle accident, on September 2, 2012, while on active duty orders reassigning him from a two (2) year deployment in Saudi Arabia with the Defense Contract Management Agency, to a military billet in the Boston, MA area. A graduate of Ballard High School (2002), CPT Davis was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in 2006 upon graduation from Miami University (Ohio). He will be presented for enshrinement by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Davis of Louisville.

April 4, 1984 - September 2, 2012

Seaman Apprentice (SA) Michael E. Jaggers, U.S. Navy, age 18, succumbed to injuries on August 13, 1969, sustained while trying to secure a hatch cover on board the USS Bennington (CVA 20), during its final voyage prior to scheduled decommissioning. Having been born and raised in Louisville, SA Jaggers will be presented for enshrinement by his siblings.

December 18, 1950 - August 13, 1969

Airman (AN) Brent A. McCreight, U.S. Navy, age 23, was tragically killed on December 21, 1990, when a ferry carrying sailors from USS Saratoga (CV-60) capsized and sank in the Mediterranean Sea (Bay of Haifa) off the coast of Haifa, Israel. The USS Saratoga had been deployed for more than four (4) months in the Red Sea in support of military operations in the Persian Gulf region and had visited Haifa, Israel for rest and relaxation shore leave prior to Christmas. AN McCreight was nominated for enshrinement by the USS Saratoga Association. Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. McCreight of Eminence, Kentucky will present their son for enshrinement.

September 27, 1967 - December 21, 1990