BENJAMIN C. DILLON
1985 - October 7, 2007
3 rd Battalion,
75th Ranger Regiment
United States Army
that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the
hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor
to uphold the prestige, honor, and high “esprit de
corps” of my Ranger Regiment... FIRST STANZA OF THE
Cpl. Benjamin C.
Dillon, 22, was a gun team leader assigned to3 rd
Battalion, 75 th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga. He
was born on Sept.16, 1985, in Rootstown, Ohio.
was killed on Oct. 7, 2007, while engaged in combat
operations against known enemies of the United States of
America in Northern Iraq. He was a veteran of operations
Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
Southeast High School in Edinburg, Ohio, Dillon enlisted
in the Army from his hometown of Rootstown, Ohio, in
September 2004 and completed One Station Unit Training
at Fort Benning as an infantryman. After graduating from
the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the
Ranger Indoctrination Program also at Fort Benning.
He graduated from the
Ranger Indoctrination Program in March 2005 and was then
assigned to 3 rd Bn., 75 th Ranger Regiment. He served
there as a rifleman, grenadier, automatic rifleman,
machine gunner and gun team leader. His last assignment
was as a gun team leader.
Dillon’s awards and
decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Good
Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global
War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon,
Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge,
Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
He was posthumously
awarded the Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.
He is survived by his
parents Terry and Linda Dillon, and brothers Nicholas
(Julia) and Steven (Amy) all of Rootstown.
As a Ranger, Cpl
Benjamin C. Dillon distinguished himself as a member of
the Army’s premier light-infantry unit, traveled to all
corners of the world in support of the Global War on
Terrorism, and fought valiantly to “uphold the prestige,
honor, and high ‘esprit de corps’” of the Ranger
LEAD THE WAY!
I can't really give
details about the bronze star other than they said he
stopped a suicide driver from driving into the team
while on a mission. He was on a mission with special
forces groups. I know that I received many letters of
condolences from Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force
officers who had met Ben and gone on missions with him.
Being a ranger they aren't allowed to talk about their
missions. We started a memorial scholarship for the high
school that graduated from and we give seniors any where
from 250.-500.00 toward any higher education. We have
held a memorial walk in memory of Ben. I have attached a
flyer of the first one. We are a 503c nonprofit
organization. The Cpl. Benjamin Charles Memorial
Scholarship, Inc. Ben loved to play baseball and was a
hot stove umpire in the summer after being to old to
play. A hot stove early bird baseball tournament is held
every spring in Ben's Name and the profit goes into his
scholarship fund to date we have given over 10,000.00
dollars to 25 students.
Ben was the first
Dillon in our family to get a tattoo. he always told us
we were big sissy when we wouldn't get a tattoo. After
his death, his best friend from high school came over
and showed us his tattoo on his shoulders of wings with
Ben name. Then his sister showed us hers with Ben name
on a dog tag. It just escalated from there and we have
over 40 or pictures of tattoos in memory of Ben. I
attached one picture of his best friend from the
rangers, Sean Card's tattoo in memory of Ben. He brought
back Ben's body in ranger tradition to us from Iraq. the
man in orange is Ben's Father, Terry, who has the ranger
tab and scroll with Ben's initials on his arm.