Posted in Family by Benham Brothers | May 26th, 2014
On this Memorial Day I remember my grandfather, James Eddy Benham, who faithfully served not only his family but this great country. I remember the stories of him being a tail-gunner in WW2, especially the time when he was shot down in the Pacific Ocean. As little boys, Jason & I hung on his every word. I thank God for him & all those who served our country!
My grandfather’s in heaven with Jesus now, but I pray his courage & bravery live on in our family line. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross from the President for his bravery. I’m honored to be James Eddy Benham’s grandson. Here’s a brief excerpt from the Military Times Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class James Eddy Benham (NSN: 6013037), United States Naval Reserve, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in military operations against the enemy in the Ryukyu Islands on 22 June 1945. Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class Benham completed twenty flights in a combat area where enemy anti-aircraft fire was expected to be effective or where enemy aircraft patrols usually occurred. His conduct throughout has distinguished him among those performing duties of the same character.