Former Navy chaplain loses 50-year-old Bible in Largo

- An Vietnam War veteran and man of God needs help finding his bible of 50 years. Captain Stanley Beach accidentally left it on the roof of his car while leaving Starkey Road Baptist Church in Largo on Sunday morning. 

The Bible was worn from notes, highlighting, cross references for sermons, along with personal notes and pictures going back to Vietnam.  

Beach retired as a chaplain in 1987 after serving more than 30 years in both the Navy and Marines. Chaplain Beach was assigned to the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines. Despite being seriously hurt in battle he helped carry several wounded troops to aid stations helping save their lives. 

Beach sustained a severe leg and stomach injury, which ultimately led to the loss of his leg. 

During his seven months in Vietnam he was awarded the Chaplain of Marines and earned the Bronze Star for Valor, Navy Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Purple Heart. 

That bible helped Chaplain Beach get through the most difficult times of his life. While there isn't a photo of the Bible to share with the public, he hopes for its safe return.

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Former Navy chaplain loses 50-year-old Bible in Largo
  • Teen stabbed in robbery attempt outside Tarpon Springs gym
  • Sarasota schools police: New force, but same important mission
  • Prosecutors: Testimony of 'Stand Your Ground' shooter's past altercations should be included
  • Drowning investigation in Spring Hill
  • Wrong-way driver dies in Howard Frankland Bridge crash
  • Police: Wrong-way driver jumped on cruiser during arrest
  • 2 dead, including 10-year-old, in domestic dispute
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raises $750,000 for research
  • Early voting begins Monday in some counties