|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1975|
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2005|
SSG. Jason Alan Benford, 30, of Columbus, died September 27, 2005, in Ramadi, Iraq on a combat mission supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at Cascade Hills Church, with Dr. Bill Purvis and Rev. Gene Boyd officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will be held in Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home, 3874 Gentian Blvd., Columbus.
Jason was born June 8, 1975, in Toledo, Ohio, son of George Benford of Toledo, Ohio and Linda Benford of Sarasota, FL. He enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman on May 17, 1994. Upon graduation from Basic and Advanced Individual Training, SSG. Benford was assigned to the Republic of Korea where he served as an Infantryman. He was later assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia, where he performed duties as the Command Sergeant Major's Driver and Team Leader. He was then assigned to the 2nd Infantry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany where he served as a Team Leader and Senior Gunner. He returned to Fort Benning, GA and served in both 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment and finally 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment. In his last two assignments he served as a Squad Leader and Section Leader.
SSG. Benford's personal integrity and devotion to duty set high standards that remain without parallel. SSG. Benford epitomized the professional soldier and will always be remembered for his ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.
His awards and Decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (6 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Service Medal, NATO Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Survivors other than his mother and father include his wife, Kimberly Benford of Columbus, GA; two sons, Lane Alan Benford and Jacob Alan Benford, both of Columbus, GA; two sisters, Kimberly Parker and Lori Harper, both of Orlando, FL; a brother, John Benford of Pensacola, FL; maternal grandparents, Robert and Deloris Smith of Bradenton, FL; numerous nieces and nephews.
Created by: Cheryll G. Cotten
Record added: Sep 29, 2006
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