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PFC Charlie Corbett “Chuck” Benton

PFC Charlie Corbett “Chuck” Benton

Birth
Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA
Death 6 Jul 1970 (aged 19)
Kon Tum, Kon Tum, Vietnam
Burial Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Sect. # 2-B, Lot # 102, Grave # 1
Memorial ID 17309313 · View Source
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PFC Charlie Corbett "Chuck" Benton, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Goldsboro, NC.

PFC Charlie Corbett "Chuck" Benton was a member of the Army, PFC Benton served our country until July 6th, 1970 in Kontum, South Vietnam. He was 19 years old and was not married. It was reported thath Charlie died from a weapons malfunction. His body was recovered. PFC Benton is on panel 09W, line 123 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

First Obituary from the Goldsboro News-Argus: The Robert Bentons of 815 Pine Valley Road received the weekly letter from their son, Chuck, serving in the US Army in Vietnam, last Thursday. "I'm doing fine, not working too hard any more. Lost some weight. I'll get it back..."Chuck wrote. The light hearted letter added a cruel twinge of irony to the Benton's personal tragedy. The same day they received their son's letter, they were notified that he had died of injuries in Vietnam.

The letter was dated July 3. Chuck was wounded on July 5, he died July 6. PFC Charlie Benton, 19, died for something he believed in. He volunteered for the Army and after Basic Training at Ft Bragg and advanced individual training at Ft Sill, Okla., was sent to Germany. There, Chuck volunteered for duty in Vietnam. In a letter home, he explained his decision; "I'm tired of playing War Games. I want to do my bit". After arriving in Vietnam, he wrote, "I'm hot and dirty, but I'm happy because I'm defending my country." Chuck was an assistant gunner on a mechanized heavy artillery piece. He served in Bravo Battery, 7th Battalion, 13th Artillery for three months.

The telegram from a representative of the Secretary of the Army was brief and terse and left the Bentons wondering how their brave son met his death. The only description offered was that he was found wounded in the base camp with his weapon nearby. He was admitted to a military medical facility and died the next day. The pride Mr. and Mrs. Benton have for their son shines through their sorrow. "He never missed a week(Writing home), since he went to Vietnam" said Mrs Benton. "Of course, I wrote several times a week". Her husband added, "He was always fully against the (antiwar) demonstrators. He felt he wasn't doing enough in Germany. That's why he volunteered for Vietnam". Chuck was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church and attended Goldsboro High School. He had served 17 months in the Army.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mrs Henry Stoy of Goldsboro; one brother, Robert Benton Jr of the home; and his maternal grandmother, Mrs Bertha Howell.

He served with Bravo Battery, 7th Battalion, 13th Artillery Regiment, 41st Artillery Group, 1st Field Force, USARV.

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17309313
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Charlie Corbett “Chuck” Benton (19 Nov 1950–6 Jul 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17309313, citing Wayne Memorial Park, Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .