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Lieut Stephen Nicklous Benson
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1976
Portsmouth City
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 2002, At Sea

United States Navy Lieutenant. Killed off the California coast in a midair collision between two F/A-18F Super Hornets

The following is from the Arlington National Cemetery Website:

"Lieutenant Benson was a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia and a 1998 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, with a degree in General Business. He received his commission on September 11, 1998 after completing the Naval Officer Candidate School program in Pensacola, Florida.

On October 18, 2002, Lieutenant Benson was killed when two F/A-18 F Super Hornets collided over the Pacific 80 miles southwest of Monterey, California. Both aircraft were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Four One stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The other aviators lost in the mishap were Lieutenant Joel A. Korkowski, 30, a pilot from Phoenix, Arizona; Lieutenant Stephen R. Nevarez, 31, a weapons officer from New Orleans, Louisiana, and Lieutenant Matthew S. Shubzda, 27, a pilot from Dallas, Texas. Lieutenant Stephen N. Benson was 26 years old.

Memorial services were held at Naval Air Station Lemoore for all four aviators where about 800 relatives, friends and troops packed the chapel to bid farewell to the two pilots and two weapons operators who were flying in two F/A-18F Super Hornets. Four fellow members of the Black Aces squadron eulogized their fallen comrades at the service. A missing man formation flew overhead, with one jet breaking away from the diamond formation and soaring toward the heavens.

Lieutenant Steven "Nick" Benson is survived by his father and mother, Captain Eric and Mrs. Barbara Benson, USN, brother and sister-in-law Captain Garrett and Mrs. Kristen Benson, USMC, and brother-in-law and sister Mr. Matt and Mrs. Katherine Naeher.

"On behalf of a grateful people, Godspeed Lieutenant."

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Memorial Section F Plot 6-1
Maintained by: Darlene Moseley
Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Oct 22, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6868792
Lieut Stephen Nicklous Benson
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Lieut Stephen Nicklous Benson
Added by: Curt Benge
Lieut Stephen Nicklous Benson
Added by: Curt Benge
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USN Lieutenant BENSON is included on the Remembrance Rug by symbol #8664. TY&S
- Rodger Asai
 Added: Jan. 19, 2016

- Darlene Moseley
 Added: Feb. 14, 2009

- Lorraine Blake
 Added: Jun. 19, 2007
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