Benjamin (Ben) Hobart Beadles, the son of Leon and Verna Beadles, was born on January 6, 1921, in Richmond, Virginia. By 1936, he had moved to Schenectady. He attended Mont Pleasant High School and worked for General Electric after graduating. 

Benjamin enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1942, and received his training in Newport, Rhode Island. He held the rank of Fireman First Class. On November 30, 1942, he was lost at sea while aboard the USS Pensacola during the Battle of Tassafaronga. Benjamin is remembered at the Oakwood Cemetery, Virginia.

Sources: The Schenectady Gazette, Find A Grave, Ancestry