Daniel A. Beatty
Capt. Daniel Beatty Bio
Growing up as a kid Dan was a Boy Scout, on the high school golf team, played the trumpet, and enjoyed baseball and running. He graduated from the University of Mississippi and earned his law degree from the California school of law.
Captain Beatty’s distinguished career in the United States Navy began in 1968, when he was 19 years old. Serving as the Damage Control Assistant on the USS John R. Craig, including two deployments in the Vietnam War and the final offensive Operation Freedom Train. After Vietnam, he served as the Human Resource Director for the Naval Development and Training Center here in San Diego. Then, he joined the USS Midway as the Repair Officer for two years serving in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of South Vietnam and rescue of the US Merchant ship Mayaguex from Cambodia. Continuing his service as a reserve officer in 1976, Dan held several positions including Executive Officer Inactive Ship Maintenance, Commanding Officer USS Stein, NR Fleet Training Group, Commanding Officer USS Bainbridge, Commanding Officer Naval Communication Station, Naval Embarked Advisory team, Commanding Officer Fleet Support Training Unit, Chief Staff Officer Surface Readiness Unit and the US Transportation Command. During his time served Dan received the following awards – Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E”, National Defense Medal (2 awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon (3 awards), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Rifle Medal and Expert Pistol Medal. Capt Beatty served the US Navy with distinction for 28 years and I can tell you the work he did while in the US Navy was what he was most proud of.
Aside from all of his career endeavors, Dan had a deep love for all dogs including his own four – Hank, Hermes, Katie and Jake and eventually his grand dogs and cats Nugget, Kash, Carson, and Boo. He knew the name of every dog in his neighborhood, when out in public he’d stop whatever he was doing or go out of his was to say hi to a dog. Every year he was the first one in line to take his kids on the rollercoasters at Six Flags. He loved the Arizona heat, rock climbing and hiking, hated boats, the cold and he had an extreme fear of bees which created some hilarious stories he’d tell over and over. His favorite stories to retell were always stories of his brother Joe and sister Mary when they would get together on family trips. Dan would start laughing at Joe’s jokes before they even left the airport. His favorite one was when Joe could barely survive the traditional trip to Costco together.
Dan’s life was cut way too short but he left us with great memories, a love for dogs and Top Gun. Hooyah!