“American soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division scaled that 1,800-foot cliff at night, caught the Germans by surprise, captured key positions, and broke through the German defense line at a pivotal point in the war,” the politician said. “Just imagine — I mean it sincerely — I say this as a father of a man who won the Bronze Star, the Conspicuous Service Medal, and lost his life in Iraq. Imagine the courage, the daring, and the genuine sacrifice — genuine sacrifice they all made.”
Beau passed away in May 2015 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., at the age of 46. Beau was previously deployed in Iraq, and Joe believes he developed brain cancer because of exposure to toxic burn pits throughout his time abroad.