Benson, Darrik Carlyle, SOC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
SO-5326-Special Warfare Operator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Special Warfare Operator
Primary Unit
2009-2011, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
Service Years
2001 - 2011
SO-Special Warfare Operator
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Angwin, CA
Last Address
Angwin, CA

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 2011
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section Y Site 916

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 Military Association Memberships
Global War on Terrorism FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2011, Global War on Terrorism Fallen [Verified]
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Darrik Benson dies at 28; SEAL was kille... posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog), FC2 430
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Special Warfare Officer Badge
Naval Parachutist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2001, Recruit Training (RTC Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FLNaval Special Warfare  Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 3NAB CoronadoNaval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
  2001-2002, SO-5326, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FL
  2003-2009, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1)/SEAL Team 3
  2003-2009, SO-5326, NAB Coronado
  2009-2011, SO-5326, Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)/Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 06, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
After graduating from Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois in November, 2001, he reported to his initial service school training at Pensacola, Florida. After completing his service school in February, 2002, he reported to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training at Coronado, California. In January 2003, he checked into Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command at Coronado, California. He then transferred to a West Coast based SEAL Team in June, 2003. In September of 2009, he checked into his East Coast based SEAL Team. On Aug. 6, 2011 Benson was among 30 U.S. service members, including many SEALs, who died when their Chinook helicopter was shot down over Wardak province.

Name of Award
Bronze Star
Gold Letter V  Gold Letter V  Awarded for distinguished actions in combat (valor)
Year Awarded1967
Details behind Award:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as an Assault Team Member for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 1 March 2010 to 1 July 2010. During this period, Petty Officer First Class Benson consistently and deliberately exposed himself to enemy fire while conducting several direct action missions, resulting in the elimination of numerous enemy fighters and the capture of others. On 17 March 2010, Petty Officer First Class Benson was positioned on a roof during a daring nighttime raid in an enemy controlled valley when the enemy fighters opened fire on his team. He quickly returned fire, eliminating the fighters as the assault force came under heavy enemy fire from numerous positions within the targeted compound and throughout the valley. When a barricaded shooter mortally wounded his teammate, Petty Officer First Class Benson moved from his position to explosively breach the external wall of the room containing the barricaded shooter. Through the breached wall, he engaged the barricaded shooter with grenades enabling his teammates to enter the compound and recover their wounded teammate. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer First Class Benson reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
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