San Diego, CA - Seventeen Years and Sailing Strong. That was USS BENFOLD’s (DDG 65) theme while celebrating her 17th Commissioning Anniversary on March 22nd, 2013. The celebration honored ship's namesake Hospital Corpsman Third Class Edward C. Benfold as well as the heroic actions of modern Hospital Corpsmen. Eddie, as he is known to the crew, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroically giving his life in the defense of two wounded Marines in the Korean War.
“His story captivates the gallantry of the corps”, as pointed out by guest speaker CMDCM Yenhung Duberek, Command Master Chief, Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center San Diego. Other highlights include a speech by Craig Burgess, author of “The Green Wave and the Navy: The History of USS BENFOLD”. Mr. Burgess has been an indispensable asset to BENFOLD since she was commissioned seventeen years ago. He's kept the crew of BENFOLD constantly connected with Eddie Benfold's hometown of Audubon, New Jersey. The celebration featured a few videos from past BENFOLD Commanding Officers including BENFOLD’s commissioning Commanding Officer, ADM Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations. In his address, ADM Ferguson congratulated the crew on a recent return from a seven month deployment to 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.
USS BENFOLD is a Ballistic Missile Defense Destroyer home ported in San Diego, CA. She is the first Arleigh Burke Destroyer named after Edward C. Benfold. This DESRON 1 ship will conduct exercises in partnership with the Missile Defense Agency before undergoing an extensive maintenance period that will install the latest Combat Systems in the Fleet.