JOSEPH H BENSON
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HONORED ON PANEL 17W, LINE 49 OF THE WALL

JOSEPH HENNING BENSON

WALL NAME

JOSEPH H BENSON

PANEL / LINE

17W/49

DATE OF BIRTH

02/16/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/08/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CORAM

COUNTY OF RECORD

Flathead County

STATE

MT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSEPH HENNING BENSON
POSTED ON 1.10.2019
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Ground Casualty

PFC Albert H. Altizer, PFC Joseph H. Benson, and PFC Jerome M. Taylor were infantrymen serving with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. On October 8, 1969, they were taking part in a river-crossing operation for a platoon-sized patrol along the Song Be River in Phuoc Binh Province, RVN. Two boats were made available for the operation. Altizer, Benson, and Taylor, members of Third Squad and wearing full-combat gear, boarded the first boat with twelve others. The boat, which was beached perpendicular to the shore, backed out into the current to point the bow downstream. After moving approximately 50 feet from shore, the boat operator began to accelerate when the vessel started to dangerously take on water. The lieutenant in charge of the operation shouted to the men to remove their packs. The craft capsized, and the passengers struggled to cling to the overturned boat. The second boat cast off and went out to aid the first, ferrying people from the disabled vessel to the Song Be Bridge. When a head count was later taken by the lieutenant, Altizer, Benson, and Taylor were reported missing. Other units came to assist in the search of the shoreline which lasted until 3:00 PM and resulted in the recovery of Benson’s and Taylor’s remains. Searchers were unable to locate Altizer although some of his equipment was found downstream. He was listed as Killed, Body not Recovered. Altizer was promoted to Corporal during the time he was missing. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 2.14.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR PFC BENSON.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT WITH THE 1ST CAVALRY. THIS WAS THE UNIT OF A FRIEND'S BROTHER. SAY HI TO MIKE. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 10.14.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Joseph Henning Benson, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 1.11.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Joseph is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Columbia Falls, Flathead County,MT.
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POSTED ON 9.5.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

NEVER FORGOTTEN

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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