MAJOR WILLIAM F. BEARD
ROLL OF HONOR QUALIFICATIONS
1969 NRA Collegiate All American – Second Team
1969 National Collegiate Conventional Rifle Champion
1970 NRA Collegiate All American – First Team
1970 National Collegiate Conventional Rifle Champion
1974 NRA Smallbore Rifle Distinguished - Position
1974 NRA Smallbore Rifle Distinguished – Prone
1982 World Shooting Championships – Caracas, Venezuela. (Silver individual medal 50m English Match
1982 United States Distinguished International Shooter Badge
1983 National 1,000 yard Rifle Team Champion – Camp Perry, Ohio
1984 Olympic Games – Los Angeles, California. (Alternate – Men’s Free Rifle 3x40)
1987 National Champion, 50 Meter English Match
1991 World Cup – Los Angeles. (Gold individual medal, 50 Meter English Match.)
1991 National Champion, 300 Meter English Match
1992 National Champion, 50 Meter English Match
Born 22 June 1948 in Paducah, Kentucky. Learned to shoot a rifle hunting rabbits and squirrels growing up in Western Kentucky. First target shooting was earning the Marksmanship Merit Badge at Boy Scout Summer Camp.
Began competitive shooting at age 18 at Murray State University as a freshman ‘walk-on’ rifle team member. Was a member of Murray State University’s first National Championship Teams of 1968 and 1970. Was enamored by the opportunities for travel as well as the challenge of competition, shooting against the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, GA, and other competitions in West Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kansas.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation and completed Armor Officers Basic Course at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. For next assignment was attached to 197th Infantry Brigade at Ft. Benning, GA. Soon transferred to International Rifle Section of USAMU for 2-year tour, which included competitions in Sweden, Germany, and the U.S.S.R.
Member of USAR International Rifle Team from 1973 to 1994, competing in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Venezuela, Japan, and Norway. Won Individual Silver Medal in the English Match at 1982 World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela. Won the USA’s final Olympic Quota in Men’s Free Rifle Prone for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
Served as OIC for USAR International Rifle Team from 1986-1987. Retired with 23 years active/reserve service in August 1994.