May 18, 2010
Col. Edward Bernard Benedit was born on June 5, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey the youngest of two sons of Bernard Benedit and Stella Benedit of Union, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his loving and caring wife of 49 years, Diane Ellen Benedit. He is survived by his oldest son Edward B. Benedit Jr., his wife Karen and their daughter Brooke Lynne, his number two son, Ronald Mark Benedit and his wife Dawn and their three children Amanda, Tayler and PFC Kenneth McCain, and his loving daughter Donna Marie Cotlow, her husband Dean, and their two sons Mark and Chase. Ed was captain of his High School Baseball Team at Union High in Union New Jersey and graduated in 1948 with honors at the age of 16. He worked full time at a pen factory before being drafted both by the United States Navy and St. Louis Browns baseball team in 1952. His dream was to enter the Marines with his brother and friends but later decided to move to the United States Army. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1953 after attending Officer Candidate School. He is also a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Army Command and General Staff College and the Prestigious British War College in London, England. He served in 31 permanent duty stations during a 29 year career with one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. His tours covered numerous duty stations from Fort Myer, Virginia to Fort Benning, Georgia to Commander of the 1st & 54th Infantry in Bamberg Germany, including tours in England and Belgium. While stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium, he served as Comptroller under General Alexander Haig. Ed served in the epic “Battle of An Loc” in South Vietnam as Senior Regimental and Deputy Adviser to the South Vietnamese Army. For his efforts at the “Battle of An Loc” he was awarded the distinguished Silver Star and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. During his career he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge (46 jumps) two Legion of Merit Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Bronze Stars, with a “V” device, five Air Medals, three Army Service Commendation Service Medals, four Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, the Presidential Unit Citation and numerous other medals. In 1981 Ed retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after 29 years of service and made Palm Coast, Florida his home with his wife Diane. During his retirement Ed enjoyed golfing and bowling with friends. He served VFW Post 8696 as both Junior and Senior Commander. He commanded the Post Ceremonial Detachment (Honor Guard) for 14 years and played a key role in fund raising for the organization. In an article by Ron Schmucker, a veteran and longtime family friend, “Honoring One of Our Veterans” Ed was described as a “Warrior in the purest sense of the word”, “We salute you Ed Benedit. Well done solder!” Husband, Father, Grandfather, Soldier and Friend……………..you will be missed. Thank you for your service. We love you Dad……… “62 Alpha…………Out”Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 22 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home, 511 Old Kings Road S. Flagler Beach. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of services.Interment with Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that a donation be made to the VFW Post 8696-District 19, 47N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast, Florida 32135. For online condolences go to:
www.craigflaglerpalms.com “Online Obituaries”. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home.