Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News
Friends and family are remembering a Navy corpsman from North Texas killed in action in Afghanistan. An explosive device killed Naval Petty Officer Second Class Clayton Beauchamp.
For the friends and family of 21-year old Clayton Beauchamp, coming to terms with his death is tough.
There are the hugs, the shedding of tears and at times smiles as they all remember the young man who lost his life just days ago.
"He wanted to get out and see the world and not just get stuck in a small town not getting the time to see anything or experience anything," said Jack Beauchamp, the Navy Officer's father.
Clayton Beauchamp signed up for the Navy while attending Weather High School. He was 17-years-old at the time.
“He's told me every time, 'Dad this is something that I have to do, I need to do,’” Beauchamp said.
As a Navy Corpsman, he was assigned to first battalion, first marine regiment out Camp Pendleton in California.
Last week, while Beauchamp was on foot patrol with marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province an improvised explosive device detonated killing him.
The family has set up “The Clayton Beauchamp Memorial Fund” at Legacy Texas bank to help with Clayton’s service, as well as start a scholarship fund at Weatherford high school.