jerryemahaffey 3 years, 7 months ago on CLINE: J.W. Benefield will be missed

Great article on Mr. Benefield. Also, Mr Benefield was one of the "Greatest Generation" having served in the U.S.Navy during WWII aboard the aircraft carrier, USS San Jacinto which saw many battles in the Pacific. Flying from the San Jacinto on Sepetmber 2, 1944 future president, George H.W.Bush was shot down by anti-aircraft fire while attacking Japanese installations on the island of Chichijima. There were many close calls for Mr Benefield, on 19 March 1945, the San Jacinto narrowly escaped destruction herself when a kamikaze barely missed her. Mr. Benefield was a HERO. Jerry Mahaffey