News

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.

Bennion is on Twitter

posted Jun 18, 2014, 2:24 PM by David Boven   [ updated Jun 18, 2014, 2:24 PM ]

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.

Buffalo Memento

posted Jun 3, 2014, 8:03 AM by David Boven   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 8:04 AM ]

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!

New Stories Posted

posted Apr 29, 2014, 12:54 PM by David Boven   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ]

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.

Sad News

posted Apr 23, 2014, 1:19 PM by David Boven   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 1:19 PM ]

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.

Download the Latest Newsletter

posted Mar 25, 2014, 8:50 AM by David Boven   [ updated Mar 25, 2014, 8:51 AM ]

The latest issue of the USS Bennion newsletter is now available on the website. You can download it by following this link. Remember that if you have information you would like to see included in the newsletter or on this website, be sure to contact us!

Reunion Overview

posted Jan 4, 2014, 12:19 PM by David Boven   [ updated Jan 4, 2014, 12:20 PM ]

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.

Updated Awards Posted

posted Aug 10, 2013, 9:17 AM by David Boven   [ updated Aug 10, 2013, 9:18 AM ]

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.

Reunion Deadline Approaching

posted Jul 12, 2013, 9:16 AM by David Boven   [ updated Jul 12, 2013, 9:17 AM ]

The most recent newsletter has been posted on the website. You can view it at this link. It includes information about the upcoming USS Bennion reunion in Pennsylvania. If you would still like to register for the reunion, the deadline is approaching quickly!

A New Year

posted Mar 21, 2013, 7:54 AM by David Boven

The first USS Bennion newsletter of 2013 is now available on the website. As with other recent newsletters, it can be downloaded here. There is a reminder in this edition about the upcoming reunion in Hershey, Pennsylvania along with lots of updates from crew members and their families. Enjoy!

Reunion Newsletter

posted Oct 29, 2012, 8:36 AM by David Boven

A new USS Bennion newsletter has been uploaded to the website. It includes photos and descriptions of the reunion held in Cleveland, Ohio this summer. There is also preliminary information regarding the next reunion to be held in Pennsylvania. All newsletters can be accessed here.

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