Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett
12 September 2003 in
Ar Ramadi, Iraq
3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces
based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Special Forces Condolences Book
Sgt. 1st Class
William M. Bennett
35, of Seymour, Tenn
was killed in Ar Ramadi, Iraq,
in a raid on enemy forces.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group.
Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett, 35, of Seymour, an East Tennessee town about 10 miles east of Knoxville, and Master Sgt. Kevin N. Morehead, 33, of Little Rock, Ark., were killed in a predawn raid on enemy forces Friday about 30 miles west of
Bennett, a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, entered the Army in December 1986 and completed Bridge Crewmember training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
His first assignment in the Army was to the 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Belvoir, Va.
He completed Army Diver Training in 1989 at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center at Panama City, Fla., then was assigned to the 7th Engineer Detachment, Fort Kobbe, Panama, where he
participated in Combat Actions during Operation Just Cause.
After deploying to Saudi Arabia in 1991 to participate in Operation Desert
Storm, Bennett volunteered for Special Forces training in
In 1994, he graduated from the Special Forces Medical Sergeants Course at Fort Bragg,
N.C. Bennett went on to study Arabic at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, N.C.
He was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in July of 1995, where he participated in numerous overseas deployments to include
Combat Operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is survived by his wife, Allison; his son, Seth; and his parents, Leonard and Kathleen Bennett.
Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett is remembered by colleagues as a man of contradictions: a fitness buff who enjoyed a good cigar, a challenger of authority who respected decisions he disagreed with.
Master Sgt. Jeff Mason said Bennett came across as cocky when they first met, but he soon learned: “Bill not only talked the talk, he walked the walk.” Bennett spoke his mind, but his loyalty was never in doubt, Mason said.
Bennett, 35, was killed Sept. 12 in a firefight in Ramadi, Iraq. He was a Green Beret stationed at Fort Campbell and lived in nearby Seymour, Tenn., with his wife, Allison, and their son, Seth.
Bennett entered the Army in December 1986. He also served in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and Afghanistan.
“Bill honored God, his country, Special Forces, his teammates, his family, by always setting an esteemed example in all aspects of his life,” said Sgt. 1st Class Steve Ferrell.
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