|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1973|
|Death: ||Nov. 2, 2003|
Jacob Asay Colgan (2000 - 2000)*
1Lt Benjamin Colgan U.S. Army
Married to Jill Kathleen Asay November 27, 1996
Died November 2, 2003 Baghdad, Iraq
"Operation Iraqi Freedom"
"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." Isaiah 6:8
"Committed, dedicated, anonymous- they belong to a tiny fraternity whose common bond is uncommon valor."
"Heroes are those that rise to the occasion. That fulfill the need of the moment, and thank you God, we have people like that"Ben would never have referred to himself as a hero. Rather, "He loved his country and wanted to make a difference in the world, and he gave his life to make a better life for the people of Iraq, and for all Americans."
Thank you for seven wonderful years. I will do my best to raise our daughters, Grace, Paige, and Cooper with the same love of life and love of country that you had. We will embark on our journey in a way that I hope will make you proud. We will miss you along the way. I will love and honor you forever.
"Ben was the bravest, most decent and selfless man I've ever known. He led the platoon on more raids and captured more high profile criminals, explosives and weapons than most battalions have. We marveled at his expertise and calm professional approach. I knew we had someone very special when I first met Ben."
" He spent 12 years in the Special Forces prior to coming to the Gunner Battalion. He was the Honor Graduate of his Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course, Honor Graduate of his Officers Candidate School class, and Honor Graduate of his Chemical Officers Basic Course. He earned the Gold Medal in the Germany Efficiency Badge, graduated airborne and HALO school, and earned jump wings from both Thailand and Germany. Ben crossed over to the Delta side when he served on the WMD breach team."
"He never spoke of his past, never bragged, and possessed just an air of being the greatest guy you would ever want to know."
"He gravitated to the toughest missions that there were. But he did it with a calm, gentleman's approach. He took the Survey platoon and made them one of the U.S. Army's premier raiders. He was just so good at what he did, that you felt safe around him. Ben single-handedly made so much of a difference in Baghdad in the past 6 months, that in time, the world, not just Iraq, will owe him its gratitude. He knew how important this mission is and gave nothing less than 100%.
We'll always remember him as the quiet, selfless, brave, expert, professional. The greatest guy around. The guy you want living next door to you and your family. This Battalion will continue its mission even more vigilantly than before because of Ben's memory and spirit will always be with us. Ben, you are oour Nation's finest and you've inspired us all to take it to the next level. Rest In Peace."
LTC William S. Rabena
Maple Park Cemetery
Plot: Block 105
Maintained by: Compassion
Originally Created by: Connie Stockton Schmidt
Record added: Feb 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33486323