Benson, Michael A, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2005-2005, 11B10, Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTC)/Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT)
Service Years
1985 - 2005
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sergeant First Class


Seven Service Stripes



Four Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1965
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Winona
Last Address
Winona

Casualty Date
Aug 10, 2005
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Location
Iraq
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Army Recruiter


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  2005, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2005, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)Pathfinder Badge

 
 Unit Assignments
Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq  (MNSTC)/Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT)
  2005-2005, 11B10, Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTC)/Civilian Police Assistance Training Team (CPATT)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SFC Benson operated out of Forward Operating Base Shield, where he was an Advisor for the Public Order Division, Special Police Transition Team, Civilian Police Assistance Training Team, Multi-National security transition Command-Iraq.

  • During his two decades in the Army, Michael A. Benson would often come home and tell stories about traveling all over the world. Few of those locations were vacations.

  • “He used to rattle off a long list of names of places and then we would realize those were all places where bad things were happening,” said his mother, Norma Benson.

  • Benson, 40, of Winona, Minn., died Aug. 10 at a Maryland hospital of injuries he sustained Aug. 2 in Baghdad when a bomb struck his convoy. He was based at Fort Drum.

  • Benson graduated high school in 1983 and joined the Army two years later, hoping to make a career out of it. He earned a host of decorations, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

  • Over his Army career, Benson mastered the intricacies of infantry weapons, the life of a paratrooper and he served for years as an Army recruiter.

  • His ex-wife, Robyn Benson, said Michael was “super smart” and routinely aced any exam the military required him to take. He also liked to cook and do creative writing.

  • “There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do,” she said.

  • He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth.


   
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