Thomas W. Benson, Jr.

NAME
Thomas William Benson, Jr.
NICKNAME
MCSN
O-9033
HOME OF RECORD
1610 Greene Street, Boone, IA
NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Thomas Benson, Sr.
DATE OF BIRTH
September 3, 1920
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
July 6, 1936
DATE OF LOSS
June 4, 1942
REGION
Central Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Midway
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
UNIT
VMF-221
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 4 June 1942, Second Lieutenant Benson flew a Brewster Buffalo (F2A-3 # 01528) against a force of Japanese fighters and bombers in the battle of Midway. In the ensuing dogfight, he was reported shot down by enemy fire.
Lieutenant Benson’s remains were never found, and he was declared dead on 5 June 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Second Lieutenant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
Linwood Park Cemetery, Boone, IA
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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