Darrik Carlyle Benson

Darrik Carlyle Benson

Age: 28
Branch: USN
Rank(s): AOAA, AO3, SO1, SOC
Unit(s): ST3, NSWDG
Station: Oceana, VA

Fallen on: 06 August 2011
Location: Afghanistan
Era: Global War on Terror

Medals & Commendations: Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor; two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one with “V” device for valor; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Rifleman Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Hometown: Angwin, CA

SOC Benson was killed on August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan when insurgents shot down a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, callsign Extortion 17. The greatest single-incident loss in Naval Special Warfare history, Extortion 17 is remembered for the 30 American lives lost, including SOC Benson.