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JERRY CLAUDE BENNETT
 

JOHN  O'DONNELL
MARINE VETERAN
HONORING ONE OF THE BEST A MARINE
THIS MAN HAS GIVEN OF HIMSELF EVERTHING HE COULD, SO THAT HIS BROTHER MARINES AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME COULD LIVE A MORE PEACEFUL LIFE. THIS GIFT OF HIS LIFE SHOWS THE GREATNESS OF THIS HERO. HERO'S DON'T WEAR A CAPE OR MASK NO! THEY WEAR MARINE GREEN. HERO'S COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPE'S AND SIZE'S. AS EACH DAY PASSES,WE MUST TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS HERO GAVE UP! SO THAT WE COULD LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY. THANK YOU ! SEMPER FI! HERO YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. DOSEN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE A 2YR, 3YR, 4YR, ENLISTMENT OR A DRAFTEE OR RESERVIST, OFFICER OR ENLISTED. YOU HAVE EARNED THE TITTLE OF UNITED STATES MARINE! A NATION CRIES OUT FOR THE LOSS OF ONE OF ITS SON'S. I AM HONORED TO WRITE ON HIS MEMORIAL
Sep 16, 2014


Robert  Lopez
ppddispatchdl@ci.petersburg.ak.us
Fellow Marine & Vietnam Veteran
Petersburg Alaska
Saepe Expertus, Semper Fidelis, Fratres Aeterni...
Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever...
Dec 31, 2009


manny g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. “He which hath no stomach, to this fight, let him depart. But we in it, shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother.” Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless you, for your Sacrifice!!!
Dec 31, 2007


BARRY SHARPE
okiebear24@yahoo.com
married to his oldest neice
1213, E., RIDGECREST RD, ALTUS, OK., 73521, USA
PROUD WARRIOR
Dear Jerry, I never got the honor, of meeting you, but I had the honor, of marrying your Neice Carla, Terry's, oldest daughter. Thru the years, I have learned so much about you, from your brothers and Carla. Even though, she was young, Carla still has fond memories, of you. A friend, sent us some mails, from several people, who knew you and I felt compelled to Honor you, and your memory, by telling you, we are proud of you and no matter how long, you will always be, in our hearts. From one warrior to another, "Rest in Peace, Marine."
Jun 25, 2007


Diane H.
bluebery@dotnet.com
respecting, a fallen hero
You will, always be in the hearts, of those who, knew you. Happy Birthday, brave warrior. Rest in Peace. God Bless.
Dec 31, 2006


Ray Harton
mc2316774@aol.com
Fellow Marine
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he today, that sheds his blood, with me, shall always, be my brother." (William Shakespeare) "Rest in Peace." You have not, been forgotten. Semper Fi, Marine. Cpl., Harton, USMC., Ret., Vietnam, 1967, 5th, Marines.
Saturday, September 16, 2000


Kimberly Kimmel-Ober
kimabmitz@earthlink.net
admirer
Encinitas, California, United States, of America
For 1LT/02, Jerry Bennett and all those, who knew him and loved him, I just want to say, thank you, for your dedication and sacrifice! Please know, that you have, not been forgotten and always, will hold a special place, in my heart! It would have been nice, to have known, you, as a person and I greatly, appreciate your service! I just wish, you, did not, have to pay, so high, a price! You forever will, be a hero, in my eyes!
Thursday, January 03, 2002


Jerry Richardson
richag81@bigplanet.com
Friend and College Classmate
2701 Lincoln Drive
Arlington, TX 76006 USA
Michael, I just finished reading your comments about Jerry Bennett. Thank you so much. And thank for serving our country so heroically. I attended Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma with Jerry, who we nicknamed "Frederick" after his hometown. We didn't have many classes together but spent a lot of time shooting snooker in the Student Union, and sipping cool ones and playing shuffleboard at the Knotty Pine Tavern. In fact my father thought the "Pine" was the library. Don't know where he got that idea, but it always brought laughter from Jerry when we'd talk about dad's concern with my time management. The last time I saw Jerry was in early '67. He was on leave and had driven to Alva from Frederick to watch a basketball game. I can remember like it was yesterday. I can still see Jerry setting between me and my wife Karen. Karen Ehrlich and I had married in June of '66. Jerry was quite a tease and I'm sure he told her some lies about me and tried to talk her into running off with him. You know a handsome Marine and all, and an officer no less. I think of Jerry often, in fact I'm looking at his senior picture in our 1965 college yearbook. I have to admit he was a handsome rascal with devious smile. I bet he was dashing in his Dress Blues. Michael, I'm so glad you had a chance to know Jerry. I know I am glad I knew him. He was a faithful friend and a great warrior. Thank you again for giving me another memory of my friend "Frederick". I miss him but haven't forgotten him. Jerry Richardson May 15, 2003.
Thursday, May 15, 2003


Michael Ryerson
michaelryerson@sbcglobal.net
Houston, Tx.,
Lieutenant Bennett, Someone showed me, how, to do this and I've, been back several, times. Bob Barclay, mentioned you, in his tribute, to Doc., Doherty. It brought back a flood, of memories. So many years have passed, but I remembered, that my mother, had a picture of us, getting Purple Hearts, at Charlie Two, in August. Then I noticed, your home town and wondered, how big Frederick could be, how many Bennetts, would live there and I sent out, a little letter, to them all. "Are you related, to Lt., Jerry Bennett, who died in Vietnam, in 1967? I have, a picture of him, taken in August, of that year. It may be, the last picture, taken, of him. If you are related, I'd like to send, you, a copy." I only got, one answer back. In very halting, scrawl, your older brother, Cecil, wrote, to say how important, it would be, to have that picture, that he only, had one picture of you, from before Vietnam. I had, a copy made and sent it to him, with a letter. Here's what I said, January 22, 2003. Dear Mr. Bennett, Here's the picture. I'm sorry, it's not more. And I'm sorry, I didn't know, Lieutenant, Bennett longer. We worked together, for several months, during the late, spring and summer, of 1967. I was, about halfway through, my second tour, in Vietnam. I had been, a forward observer and he, was a young, new, forward observer, looking, for some advice. We talked, about the work, how, to do it, how, to be effective, but we also talked, about good food and sleeping late, in a clean bed. Normal stuff. Jerry had, an old football and he and I, would play catch, every chance we'd get. I could throw, a pretty tight, spiral and so could he. We'd try, to make each, other back down, by throwing real hard. He never did. I think, this picture was taken, in August, of 67. We were, at a position, called Charlie Two. Right behind us, if we walked, to the ridge, right there, over my left shoulder, we would see, Con Thien, about four, thousand meters, to the north. We were, in and out, of Charlie Two, all the time. This particular morning, we had both come back, through the wire, at about, the same time and someone told us, to get cleaned, up and put, on clean uniforms. They didn't, tell us why. At about 10, am., a helicopter landed, on the road and this full colonel, stepped out and pinned, these Purple Hearts, on us. That's me, shaking his hand and Jerry is, on the left, looking stern. I don't remember, who, the young guy, in the glasses, was. We had operated, around Con Thien, for a while, before we actually, had to go, in and spend some time, at the firebase. Jerry went, in first and I was with, a unit operating, just to the east, in the field. About a month, later, when I was sitting in, a helicopter, about to fly, into Con Thien, Jerry ran up, to the door, of the chopper and yelled at me, to stay away, from an old, French bunker, on the north face. He was, real serious. He had come, a long ways, across our position, to tell me, that. I stayed out, of that old, concrete bunker. This was, a bad area, in 1967. There were a lot, of casualties. Lt., Doherty, who also knew, Jerry, was killed, in July. That morning, the 2nd, we took 85, KIAs., in less, than an hour. In September, Con Thien, took, a thousand rounds, of artillery, every day, the whole month. When Lieutenant, Bennett was killed, it was all a blur. So many guys, had been killed, I was losing, track. But when, the word came down, about Jerry, most, of my friends, just left me, alone, for a while. He was a fine man, but of course, you know that. I'm happy, to be able, to give you, this picture and to tell you, that he, had friends there. I've been, to the memorial, in Washington and found Jerry's name. I've told my son, who he was and what kind of a man, he was. Vietnam changed, us all. After all these years, please accept, my deepest sympathy. I miss him, too. Sincerely, Mike.
Thursday, January 23, 2003


stanley geho
sgt6468@yahoo.com
friend
2150, logsdon st., North Port, fl., 34287, USA
a great, okahoma gentlemen
i was cpl., geho, then. jerry was our fo.. we would talk, about our families. he would talk, about his girl freind and about getting married. i beleive, he even showed, me a card, he got from her. i have thought, alot, about him, in over 38, yrs., he really made an impression, on me. i was, with mike, co.. i spoke, to his older brother, cecil, today. (12/18/05) inclosing, i would like to say, there is no better man, or gentleman, then jerry. God bless you and semper fi, stan.
Sunday, December 18, 2005

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