Fr. Quitman Francis Beckley, O.P. (1891-1963) was commissioned a lieutenant, junior grade, in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy, on June 26, 1917, and was assigned duty with the Atlantic Fleet, subsequently being transferred at his own request, on April 2, 1918, to the United States Marine Corps, and, somewhat later assigned to the 3d Replacement Battalion, Infantry, of the Marine Corps, for duty in France.
Thus, from April to December of 1918, he was on active duty with the A. E. F. at the front, being gassed (Battle of Belleau Wood) and shell-shocked while carrying on his duties. After two months of service, late in 1918, also with the Graves Registration Service, United States Army Headquarters, Paris, France, he was once again assigned to the United States Atlantic Fleet, and remained with that assignment until July 9, 1919, when he resigned from the Navy. On November 19, 1920, he was re-commissioned a lieutenant, junior grade, in the Chaplains Corps, of the United States Navy Reserve Force, by President Wilson. On January 6, 1921, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps of the Ohio Naval Militia by Governor Cox.
Father Beckley later served as Catholic Chaplain at Princeton University, a position he held for over 15 years. He was also appointed auxiliary chaplain to the armed forces on Princeton Campus on April 2, 1943, by Abp. Spellman. Father Beckley died on May 18, 1963, and is buried in the Dominican plot at Mount Olivet in Washington, D.C.
Entry in C. M. Drury, The History of the Chaplain Corps,
United States Navy (Vol. 3, Washington, D.C., 1948) p. 23:
BECKLEY, Quitman Francis — RC (OP)
B. Frederick, Md, 5 Feb 1891; Cath U, BCL, 1914;
Providence Coll, LLD, 28; ord, Card Bonzano,
23 Jun 15; asst chap, Wash Soldiers Home.
Appt, Act Chap, USN, 22 Jun 1917; RS, NY, 20
Jul - 16 Aug; USS KEARSAGE, 21 Aug - 3 Mar 18;
10th Reg Mar, Quantico, 7 Mar - 2 Apr; 3rd Repl
Battn, USMC, 2 Apr - 26 Dec; USS PROMETHEUS, 7
Feb 19 - 18 Jul. Fr Fourragers, for ser with
6th Mar. Res, 29 Jul 19. Enr, USNRF, CI 2 30 Aug
19, as of 22 Jun 17. Gassed at Belleau Woods.