10 September, 2006

Resting in Peace

Update: Much more here and here.

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Greater love has no man than this, that he lays down his life for his friends... -- Tattoo on Cpl. Benson's back.

The sad news we have been expecting these last few weeks has come to pass. USMC Corporal Johnathan Benson slipped away last night due to complications from the grievous wounds he suffered in service to his country last June.

Rest in peace, dear warrior.

From his CaringBridge site:

It is hard to write these words as I remember his smiling face and hear his laughter in my mind. He fought a very good fight and has been an inspiration to many of us. May we remember his bravery, his joy with which he lived his life, his pride with which he served his country and the love he showed to so many. Johnny boy, you are are truly and deeply missed, we love you. As his brother said, John is now running in the fields of heaven with new arms and new legs, and he will be able to run forever.
And may we remember his family who need us at this time.

His CaringBridge site linked above includes a guestbook section you can use to send his family your condolences. In addition, I have his mother's email address, so if you would like to write to her directly and privately, send me an email with your message. I will compile all messages into a single email and send it to her. Please do not use the U.S. mail address that has been posted here previously.

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