The latest news about the USS Bennion can be found here. If you would like to read the current issue or back issues of the quarterly Bennion newsletter, you can do so here.
While cleaning out the basement, we recently discovered an old edition of the newsletter from 2005. It has now been scanned and posted to the Newsletter page of the website. If you have any old newsletters or material from USS Bennion reunions, we would love to add it to the page so that it can be preserved for those with an interest in this great ship. Feel free to send electronic items to the e-mail address listed on our contact page. If you have paper copies, the webmaster is happy to receive them, scan them, and mail them back.
In October, three men who served aboard USS Bennion joined a large group of widows, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to celebrate the ship and the sailors who served so admirably. It was a wonderful time of connecting and reconnecting with people who hold this great ship dear. Included on the itinerary was a visit to the Boston Navy Yard and the USS Cassin Young (DD-793)--a Fletcher-class museum ship--and a moving banquet where the three veterans in attendance opened a bottle of champagne to remember their lost friends.
After more than seven years and twenty editions of the USS Bennion newsletter, Pat McDowell is handing the reins to someone else. No replacement editor has been selected yet and the issue is likely to be discussed at the upcoming reunion in Branson, Missouri. If you are interested in taking over the position, please contact Pat. A big thank you must also go out to Pat for her dedication in honoring the memory of USS Bennion and her crew!
In an effort to present the history of USS Bennion to as many people as possible in as many formats as possible, we are now publishing information on Twitter. If you are on Twitter, you can follow us @USSBennion. We are currently tweeting information that is already available on the website, but will soon add notices when the website has been updated and when new information is available regarding reunions and other events. Let us know what you think about this new addition.
While cleaning out their basement recently, the family of one of Bennion's shipmates found this paperweight. It commemorates the USS Bennion reunion in Buffalo, New York in 1985. If you have any similar items or mementos of the Bennion, its crew, or the reunions, please let the webmaster know. We would love to add them to the website!
The remembrances section of the web page has recently been updated. It now includes a short video of Admiral James Holloway sharing some of his memories from the Battle of Surigao Strait aboard USS Bennion. At the time, Admiral Holloway was a young gunnery officer on board the ship. He recalls his very brief but significant service about Bennion which was just the beginning of his illustrious military. It was during this battle that Bennion launched five torpedoes, helping to sink the powerful Japanese battleship Yamashiro. Holloway provides even more detail in a piece published by Naval History Magazine and available to read here. For other memories about the Bennion and her service in World War II, visit the remembrances page. If you have anything to add, let us know.
Shortly after the last edition of the Bennion newsletter was published, we learned of the death of Jensen Watts in Indianapolis, Indiana. He served as a Machinist's Mate aboard the USS Bennion and had a long career as a teacher in Northwest Indiana before his retirement. If you hear of the passing of any other former Bennion crew members, please let us know.
The most recent edition of the USS Bennion newsletter is now posted on the website. You can view and download it here to read about the recent reunion and view lots of pictures from the event.
The men of the USS Bennion were highly decorated during their service in the Pacific. The awards page of this website has now been updated. It includes awards to which the entire crew was entitled as well as a listing of individual awards and decorations presented to crew members. If you notice a mistake or want to notify us of a needed addition, please contact the webmaster.
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