Fallen Ranger remembered

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Fallen Ranger remembered

 Surviving Bennett familyThe surviving Bennett family gathered in the Ranger Room at Northwestern on the Alva campus.

Family, friends, and Northwestern hosted a remembrance for fallen Ranger, Jerry Bennett, on October 5 during a memorial held in the Ranger Room.  Bennett graduated from Northwestern in 1965 and was killed in action in 1967 in The Republic of South Vietnam, a First Lieutenant at the time.  He is recognized as Northwestern’s only casualty that was KIA.

Bob Ferguson, a fellow Marine, and Carl Lemon, Northwestern alumnus and fellow Marine, wanted to honor Bennett and his family in a special way.  They established a permanent exhibit that features war memorabilia in shadow boxes now in a display case in the Ranger Room in the Student Center. During the remembrance, many family members and friends shared memories of Jerry, describing him as spunky and full of life.  A commemorative flag was presented to the Bennett family at halftime of the Ranger game during the Military Appreciation Day ceremonies.  Each of the 12 surviving Bennett family members was given a Marine Corps Medallion in tribute to their fallen brother.

 sister and brother to Jerry Bennett(From left) Carol Bennett Sisson and marion Bennett, sister and brother to Jerry Bennett.

“Military Appreciation day was the perfect opportunity for the Northwestern Family to share the occasion with Bennett and guests.” said Lizabeth Richey, Director of Alumni Relations.  “Jerry was a very special individual, exhibited by the Rangers present at the ceremony and those who spoke so eloquently of his service for our great nation.  It was an honor and a privilege to participate in such a meaningful tribute.

Another Northwestern fallen Ranger, William Michael (Mike) Warehime has also been honored with a shadow box.  Warehime was in the ROTC program at Northwestern and graduated in 1975.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned after completion of the ROTC program.  Warehime was killed in a helicopter crash in 1976, after the craft, on training maneuvers, crashed during a storm on a north Georgia mountain.  He was stationed out of Fort Benning, Georgia.  At the time, he was married to fellow Northwestern alumnus, Mary Catherine Goss, who graduated from Northwestern in 1975.  Warehime’s shadow box is also displayed in the Ranger Room in the Student Center.

### Northwestern Foundation Release ###