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Benson, Keith SP4

Benson, Keith SP4

SP4 Keith Benson died on 18 January 2012 in Afghanistan. The Battalion Chaplain informed us of his passing. SP4 Benson was cited earlier for his heroism during other actions involving his unit. Chaplain Bailey wrote: “SPC Keith Benson will always be remembered as a Combat Medic. He earned the Combat Medical Badge on 10 September, 2011 when his C. Co. platoon was ambushed by 50-60 insurgents a few kilometers from COP Margah. The enemy opened up suddenly with small arms and RPGs as the platoon was making its way back to the COP. In the opening moments of the engagement, SSG Quintana was attempting to position his weapons squad when he was hit in the chest. Despite the volume of fire and proximity of the enemy, SPC Benson moved to SSG Quintana’s assistance and began providing care. For the better part of an hour, while under direct fire, Benson revived Quintana four times and kept him alive until the Medevac arrived. In the end SSG Quintana died from his wounds, but Benson had given him every chance to survive. For his actions that day, SPC Benson earned the Combat Medical Badge, and an Army Commendation Medal for Valor.”

SP4 Benson was laid to rest with a Graveside service at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Friday, January 27, 2012 at 11 AM.

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