Stephen C. Benish was awarded The Bronze Star Medal
"for meritorious service from 11 August 2004 to 28 November 2004, while assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 503 Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division. He gave the ultimate sacrifice during combat operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Private First Class Benish’s duty performance and selfless service are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Multi-National Corps Iraq, and the United States Army."
Benish was just 20 years old when he was killed in action on Nov. 28, 2004 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Benish was struck by enemy fire while on dismounted (foot) patrol.
He also was awarded:
- Army Commedation Medal
- The Good Conduct Medal
- The Purple Heart
A 2002 graduate of Arthur L. Johnson High School, Benish lived with his family on Ivy Street before entering the Army.
Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.
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