Benson, Stephen Nicklous, SR

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Last Rank
Seaman Recruit
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2001-2002, VFA-41 Black Aces
Service Years
1998 - 2002
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Contact Info
Home Town
Portsmouth, Virginia
Last Address
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Passing
Oct 18, 2002
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section MF Site 6-1

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial In the Line of Duty
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, In the Line of Duty [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLVF-101 Grim ReapersVF-41 Black AcesVFA-41 Black Aces
  1998-1998, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1998-2000, VF-101 Grim Reapers
  2000-2001, VF-41 Black Aces
  2001-2002, VFA-41 Black Aces
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1992-2003 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  2001-2001 OEF - Afghanistan/Liberation of Afghanistan (2001)
 Colleges Attended 
Oklahoma State University
  1994-1998, Oklahoma State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 18, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On October 18, 2002, Lieutenant Benson was killed when two F/A-18 F Super Hornets collided over the Pacific 80 miles southwest of Monterey, California.  Both aircraft were assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron Four One stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The other aviators lost in the mishap were  Lieutenant Joel A. Korkowski, 30, a pilot from Phoenix, Arizona; Lieutenant Stephen R. Nevarez, 31, a weapons officer from New Orleans, Louisiana, and Lieutenant Matthew S. Shubzda, 27, a pilot from Dallas, Texas. Lieutenant Stephen N. Benson was 26 years old.  The fatalities were the first in an F/A-18 F Super Hornet since the Navy began flying the new combat aircraft in 1999.
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