"Onward with Valor"
Ship Crest

The Aegis shield, on the Coat of Arms, denotes the capability of DDG 65 to conduct operations in multi-threat environments. Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the Navy. The lion embodies the courage and strength displayed by Hospitalman Benfold in combat. The escutcheon bears a red cross, alluding to Benfold's medical service and personal sacrifice in saving the lives of others. A background of red above blue in the manner of a Taeguk underscores his service in Korea. The black pellets symbolize the heavy artillery and mortar barrages during his heroic action.

The reversed star, on the crest, in medium blue and white, denotes the Medal of Honor, posthumously awarded to Hospitalman Benfold for his spirit of self-sacrifice and extraordinary heroism. The crossed Navy sword and Marine Mameluke signify cooperation and strength; the Mameluke signifies Benfold’s service with the First Marine Division in Korea.

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