Behnke, Joseph O., SGT

 Photo In Uniform   Service Details
121 kb
View Time Line
Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
13B10-Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2004, 13B10, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery
Service Years
1976 - 1980
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Cold War Certificate


Two Service Stripes

One Overseas Service Bar

 Last Photo   Personal Details 

70 kb

Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT Theodore (Teddy) Earley (Charlie 3-2A1) to remember Behnke, Joseph O., SGT.

If you knew or served with this Soldier and have additional information or photos to support this Page, please leave a message for the Page Administrator(s) HERE.
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Brooklyn, NY

Casualty Date
Dec 04, 2004
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne)

 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present)

 Photo Album   (More...

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments
82nd Airborne Division
  1976-1980, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  2003-2004, 13B10, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Victory, Bagdad, Iraq
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

SGT Joseph Otto Behnke was born on 22 Dec 1958 in New Jersey. He joined the Army on 27 Jan 1976. He served his country honorably for 4 years on active duty and over the next several years with the New York National Guard. After a break in service SGT Behnke returned to the Guard after the events of September 11, 2001.

SGT Benhnke attended numerous schools including Wire System Installer course, Airborne School, Jungle Warfare training, PLDC and Cable System Installer?Operator course. In January 2004 SGT Behnke left his home, family, and work at the VA hospital and reported to FT Dix, NJ to attend training for his deployment to Iraq with the Charlie Battery 1/258 Fiels Artillery.

He will forever be remembered and missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, the former Miriam Paula Torres, and their children Patrick 29, Jason, 28, Desiree 24, Joseph 21, and Travis 19


Army Cpl. Joseph Behnke: A grandfather, Behnke was much older than most of the soldiers in his unit. To prepare for Iraq, he ran up and down the beach at Coney Island carrying a backpack filled with sand. "He would always say, 'Son, there's nothing more honorable than dying for your country,'" said his son, Jason Limage, 28. Behnke, 45, of New York, was killed Dec. 4 when he was thrown from his Humvee in Baghdad. His National Guard unit is located in New York's Brooklyn borough. Family members said when Behnke was 13, he tried to join the Army to go to Vietnam but was rejected. He worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manhattan for 17 years The father of five often wrote home to ask relatives to send food, clothing and other supplies so he could give them to Iraqi children. "He'd speak about the kids, how badly he felt for the children over there," said another son, Joseph Behnke Jr. "The poverty over there really affected him."

Sgt. Joseph Otto Behnke of Brooklyn, NY worked in the Engineering Department of the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a long with his sons, they started there own construction company. Joseph's farther was in the Navy and Joseph, himself wanted also to serve his country. He even tried to join the Army at the Age of 13 so he could go to Vietnam. Finally at age of Seventeen he got permission to enlist and served with the 82nd Airborne from 1976 to 1980. In 1982 he signed up for the Army National Guard. Before going to Iraq in March 2004, he trained by running up and down the beach at Coney Island with a backpack full of sand. In Iraq while living in a tent with other Army National Guard soldiers, he did what came naturally to him. He used his expertise in Carpentry to build other soldiers bed frame, closets and book cases.But he did not build any for himself. Also while serving in Iraq, He gave out Clothes, Books and Candy to the Iraqi Children. His heart went out to the children over there, he did what he could to brighten there lives. Yes, Joseph was always putting others first. He always did. he was last home during a 2 week leave in October 2004. Joseph died at age 45 in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was in a vehicle accident.  He was awarded the Bronze Star.

National Guard
1st Battalion
258th Field Artillery
Brooklyn, NY

Burial is at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.


"Behnke - your not only a great soldier and comrad your a great man. Thanks for all your hard work to make life more comfortable for the troops. You will never be forgotten"
SSG Nibbs (Steelrain32) of 1/258 FA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compas


"I have set up a page for Joseph Behnke on the Military site "Together We Served" 
Richard Martin of 5th year in Iraq (04-05-Scania)


"My friend Joe, I will always miss you.Our talks while training to go to OIF2, our coffee drinking in country. The family stories that we shared. You are greatly missed by family and friends alike. Thank you for being one of my brothers in arms. God bless"
Sgt. Onix N. Lugo of Bronx, NY


"cafe bustelo, i miss those moments bink, i'll never forget the lessions that you tought me brother"
Martinez of Southcarolina


"Behnke Family 
Its been almost 4 yrs since I lost one of my best friends. Every time I would get down he would always find a way to cheer me up. The day before the tragdy he was working on the CQ and told me to stop he had to check for an IED that made me laugh instantly I will always rember the man that he was and that he watch's over all of us everyday. I miss ya Joe"
Spc Edward Houck of buffalo ny united states


"This is the first time i have left this message..Joe was an awesome soldier and a Friend. We served together during homeland security and he was a good friend that always gave an ear to listen to what you had to say. He would always refer to his kids and his wife's "fantastic" cooking. One big thing Joe and i had in common was our "passion" for a good cup of coffee. There has never been a moment that i dont think of you when ever i put on that uniform.... its still hard to this day.... I Guess its true what they say, "God always takes the good ones first". You were a great man, friend, father, grandfather and husband.. You will never be forgotten brother. "Ready And Faithful""

CPL. Michael Rentas of HHB 1/258 FA - Jamaica, NY


"To know and work with Joe was to appreciate and respect everything that he stood for. The 258 and the US Army National Guard was a better place because of Joe. May God Bless you and your family."

SSG K J Garcia of Newburgh NY


"My heart felt sorry and prayers to the Behnke family. I can truly say that i had the honor of serving and becoming friends with joe. Joe was not only a great friend, but one of the best soldiers i have ever had work for me. When ever he thought i wasn't being fair or hard on another troop, He'd always start with "mister" in his nyc accent. On that fatal night, i had the great honor of eating dinner with him and talking about family and loved ones.I also live with the nightmares and heart ache of not being able to do more. I miss you Joe, and i know the big guy upstairs is telling you to take a break. You're up there working your butt off making heaven a better place for all. That is the man you are, and will always be remembered as."

SSG Scott Heaton 42A of Kenmore,NY


"Joe was a great guy. He and I were the same age, in the same unit (1-258 FA) and went through the same training at Fort Dix before we got shipped out to Iraq. We were in the same unit but different companies. I remember him being so calm and cool through all the training. I gravitated to him because he and I were of similar age and maturity. I was saddened to hear of his death. I pray that his family knows how much he loved them and that he rests in peace."
William F. Soto of Glendale, N.Y.





"When i saw this site i really didn't think it would be this hard to leave a message. Behnke you were inspiration to us all, from your tireless work to make our lives better to that last night i waved goodbye to you as you rolled out the gate not knowing it would be the last i would see of you. I took it rather hard but because of that i rolled out that same night, you should have seen it, me (gunning of course) Bhola (driving) and Top as a TC.It was quite a crew, but i went out because i knew that i couldent mourn when their was still work to be done, work to keep others from mourning, i know u would have done the same thing, not out of disrespect but out of the utmost respct, because to me nothing was more important than solidering for my country and i heard you speak the same many times.I still feel a bit guilty though and you know why, take care Behnke"

Spc Kovalik 3 2 C of Brooklyn NY


"to joe family, i served with joe in iraq.i am from ny national guard 127th armor bn. i was attached to his unit 258th fa. i was proud to serve with him. the night, i find out he died. i cried alot. joe, did some much for us. he build things for us. he love his kids and grandkids. also his wife. it is hard talk about this.i am proud to know him. to his wife and kids email me if any thing i can do for you. god bless joe and his family."

Ssg ted lord 127th armor bn NYARNG of jamestown, n.y.




Copyright Inc 2003-2011