Swanson, Ben, HM1

Navy (FMF)
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Current Service Status
USN Retired (FMF)
Current/Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Current/Last MOSGroup
Navy (FMF)
Previously Held MOS
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
2016-2017, HM-8404, Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH)
Service Years
1997 - 2017
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Certificate of Commendation
Decommissioning Certificate
Meritorious Mast
Plank Owner Certificate
Swamp Fox
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer

Five Hash Marks


 Official Badges 

Master Training Specialist French Fourragere Surgeon General's Blue H Award US Navy Retired 20 Years

Brown Belt

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Modern WarfarePost 1170Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  2012, Veterans of Modern Warfare
  2012, American Legion, Post 1170 (Member at Large) (Round Lake Park, Illinois) [Verified]
  2014, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Not Specified
Other Comments:

                                                    TCCC-I, BLS-I
                                             NREMT/ EMT-Tactical

Additional NEC's: 9502/ 90ET/ 90CA/ 90BC/ 90CS. Other USN/ USMC courses: Command DAPA, ADAMS Facilitator, Command Training Team, Command Assessment Team, USMC Uniform Victim Advocate, and USMC Equal Opportunity Representative.

Service Photo U.S. Navy Security
Marine Regs: 99-02  Battle Jack: Afghanistan 08-09  Security Leadership: 2011
S.E.R.E. 250 and Level B: 2016
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Operation Desert Fox (Iraq)
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The December 1998 bombing of Iraq (code-named Operation Desert Fox) was a major four-day bombing campaign on Iraqi targets from 16 December 1998, to 19 December 1998, by the United States and United Kingdom. The contemporaneous justification for the strikes was Iraq's failure to comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions and its interference with United Nations Special Commission inspectors.

The operation was a major flare-up in the Iraq disarmament crisis. The stated goal of the cruise missile and bombing attacks was to strike military and security targets in Iraq that contributed to Iraq's ability to produce, store, maintain and deliver weapons of mass destruction. The bombing campaign had been anticipated since February 1998 and incurred wide-ranging criticism and support, at home and abroad. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates initially announced they would deny U.S. military the use of local bases for the purpose of air strikes against Iraq.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
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To Year
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories

Embarked on the USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) with MSSG-31 and BLT 2/24 as Combat Medical Support.

Units Participated in Operation

2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment


My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  341 Also There at This Battle:
  • ANDERSON, RICHARD, 1stSgt, (1993-Present)
  • Andrew, David, GySgt, (1995-Present)
  • Aquilina, Renee, Cpl, (1996-2000)
  • Arriaga, Jose, MGySgt, (1990-Present)
  • Ayran, Bernard, MSgt, (1985-2006)
  • Babich, Craig, GySgt, (1990-2007)
  • Bargar, Scott, GySgt, (1983-2003)
  • Bauer, Brooks, Cpl, (1995-1999)
  • Bauman, Timothy D., SgtMaj, (1981-2007)
  • Baumer, Vance, SSgt, (1997-2007)
  • Beaty, David, GySgt, (1995-2008)
  • Bekel, Adam, GySgt, (1996-2018)
  • Belgum, Brett, Sgt, (1996-2002)
  • Benavides, Javier, Sgt, (1997-2001)
  • Bernas, John, Sgt, (1996-2006)
  • Betancourt, James, SgtMaj, (1985-2010)
  • Biggers, Jason, SSgt, (1995-2007)
  • Bobadilla, Omar, Cpl, (1996-2000)
  • Boggs, Chris, Pvt, (1996-1999)
  • Borowiecki, Daniel, MSgt, (1995-Present)
  • Boynton, Shawn, Sgt, (1996-2000)
  • Braun, Sharon, MSgt, (1994-Present)
  • Bridgford, Allen, SSgt, (1995-Present)
  • Brown, Charles, Maj, (1987-Present)
  • Brown, Curtis, Cpl, (1996-2005)
  • Brown, Lynn, GySgt, (1995-Present)
  • Bryant, Tim, LtCol, (1988-2010)
  • Burgess, Jason, Sgt, (1995-1999)
  • Burgos, Alberto, SSgt, (1998-2008)
  • Burnell, Dean, GySgt, (1996-Present)
  • Burris, D.J., Cpl, (1996-2005)
  • Callahan, Charles, MGySgt, (1981-2008)
  • Campbell, Matthew, Sgt, (1996-2003)
  • Cantu, Valente, SSgt, (1996-2008)
  • Capotosto, Sergio, MGySgt, (1996-Present)
  • Cassidy, Matthew, GySgt, (1984-2004)
  • Castelin, TC, SSgt, (1997-2006)
  • Castonguay, Richard, GySgt, (1992-Present)
  • Castrechino, Barry, SSgt, (1989-2003)
  • Caudle, Keith, Cpl, (1998-2002)
  • CHARLES, STILLS, Sgt, (1987-2000)
  • Clifton, Adam, SSgt, (1995-2003)
  • Coleman, Bradley, Sgt, (1994-2003)
  • Collins, Elijah, Sgt, (1998-2006)
  • Collins, Kevin, MSgt, (1992-Present)
  • Colon, Jose, CWO2, (1995-Present)
  • COSTON, CHAD, SgtMaj, (1994-Present)
  • Cowan, Wayne, MGySgt, (1977-2006)
  • Cowley, Ralph, CWO5, (1986-2017)
  • Cox, Bryan, GySgt, (1994-2007)
  • Craig, David, MSgt, (1996-2016)
  • Croke, Barry, MSgt, (1984-2010)
  • Crowe, Jr., Norman, SSgt, (1968-1978)
  • Cruz, Avery, 1stSgt, (1994-2016)
  • Cullen, Jeffrey, SgtMaj, (1987-Present)
  • Dale, Matthew, Sgt, (1990-2003)
  • Daly, Thomas, Sgt, (1996-2004)
  • Daughtry, Christopher, GySgt, (1995-Present)
  • DeBoer, Kyle, Maj, (1984-2005)
  • Decker, Carl, Sgt, (1996-2008)
  • DellaValle, David, SSgt, (1995-2002)
  • Denny, Jason, Sgt, (1996-2004)
  • DeRossette, David, GySgt, (1994-Present)
  • Dimock, Kristina, Sgt, (1997-2001)
  • Dion, Brian, Sgt, (1995-2001)
  • Dornak, Mark, MSgt, (1992-2015)
  • Dowdle, Charles, CWO2, (1986-2007)
  • Elliott, Tommy, 1stLt, (1997-Present)
  • Eneks, Gregory, SSgt, (1994-2002)
  • Erskine, Doug, Cpl, (1996-2001)
  • Escarsega, Jose, GySgt, (1986-2008)
  • Espil, Jeremy, Sgt, (1995-2000)
  • Farley, James, MSgt, (1978-2002)
  • Favreau, Jason, SSgt, (1995-2008)
  • Feazell, John, LCpl, (1994-1998)
  • Fertal (Fertelli), Dennis, Sgt, (1997-2001)
  • Firl, Mark, Cpl, (1997-2002)
  • Fletcher III, Ronald, Cpl, (1996-2000)
  • Foster, Charles, MSgt, (1997-Present)
  • Franco, Harold, GySgt, (1991-2012)
  • Freeman, Derrick, CWO3, (1993-2014)
  • French, Reed, SSgt, (1997-Present)
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