Bennett Warren Alford

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Bennett Warren Alford

Birthplace: Neshoba, MS, United States
Death: January 18, 2000 (81)
Place of Burial: Kosciusko, MS, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Bejamin Warren Alford and Phronnettie Hamrick Alford
Husband of Mavis Alford
Father of cheryl Lynn champagne
Brother of Jewell Alford; Clennie Alford; Homer Lee Alford; Cleo Alford and Herman Woodrow Alford
Half brother of Mark Hamrick and Dee Hamrick

Managed by: Nicole Marie Champagne
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About Bennett Warren Alford

Bennett Warren Alford was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Mississippi College where he played football, baseball, and basketball. He also refferreed. Went to East Central Junior College (for sophomore year) where he met Mavis. His degree was in Physical Education and he had a lifetime teaching certificate.

Bennett retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel after fighting in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Bennett was awarded the Navy Cross for his service on Iwo Jima, where only Bennett and one other man survived unharmed. Below is an article from the Military Times:

Bennett W. Alford

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Bennett W. Alford (MCSN: 0-30926), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on the night of 12 March 1945. After his platoon had advanced three hundred yards through a rugged ravine and had lost contact with the company on its left flank which had been forced to fall back, First Lieutenant Alford steadfastly refused to relinquish the ground gained and, fully award of his precarious position, heroically exposed himself to close-range hostile mortar, grenade and small-arms fire to supervise the deployment of his men into a strong defensive position. Although a burst of point-blank enemy machine-gun fire tore into his pack, jacket and rifle, he remained in his exposed position to supervise the movement of ammunition and supplies to his men and guide the evacuation of the wounded over the difficult terrain. By his courage, coolness and determination, First Lieutenant Alford contributed materially to the success of his platoon in accomplishing a hazardous and important mission, and his conduct throughout upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve

Rank: First Lieutenant

SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 86491-45

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Bennett Warren Alford's Timeline

October 22, 1918
Neshoba, MS, United States
January 18, 2000
Age 81
Kosciusko, MS, United States