Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin

Remember Our Heroes

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin, 34, of Garfield Heights, Ohio

Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 18, 2009 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

WKSU -- Marine Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin died yesterday in Afghanistan, where he was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion in the Helmand Province. Benjamin was 34.

He was a 1993 graduate of Garfield Heights High School, and joined the Marines right after high school.

He last signed onto MySpace in May, and wrote then: "Most people don't understand what we do. I love my job. Yes, I said I love my job. How many of you can say you are right where you want to be at this point in your life? I know I can."

Benjamin is the second man from Garfield Heights to die in combat this year. Army Spc. Brad Davis died in a roadside bombing in Iraq in April. He graduated from Garfield Heights High School in 2006.

Gunny, lance cpl. die in Afghanistan
Staff report

Two North Carolina-based Marines were killed this week supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department.

Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin, 34, of Garfield, Ohio, died Aug. 18 and Lance Cpl. Leopold F. Damas, 26, of Floral Park, N.Y., died Aug. 17. Both died in Helmand province. Both were assigned to units with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, but it’s not clear if the incidents were related.

Benjamin was assigned to Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion, according to a news release. No other information about him was immediately available.

Damas was a rifleman with the Lejeune’s 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. He joined the Corps in January 2006. In February, he returned from his second seven-month tour in Iraq since 2007, and then left for Afghanistan in May.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin was killed in action on 8/18/09.

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