Swanson, Ben, HM1

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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
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Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom

Hospital Corpsman First Class Petty Officer

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 Official Badges 

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

 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.

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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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OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)/Operation Quick Strike
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Two days after the killings, around 1000 Marines from the Regimental Combat Team 2 (RCT-2) and Iraqi soldiers started "Operation Quick Strike", which included efforts to find the insurgents responsible, however the primary intent was to interdict and disrupt militants' presence in the Haditha, Haqliniyah, and Barwanah areas. The operation began when Marines and Iraqi soldiers moved into Haqliniyah, about seven kilometers southwest of Haditha. 40 insurgents were killed, including four in a Super Cobra helicopter attack.

On the second day of the operation, a Marine amphibious assault vehicle, which was transporting Marines to the initial assault, hit a huge roadside bomb. The vehicle was completely destroyed and 15 out of the 16 people that were inside it were killed, with only one Marine surviving. The lone surviving Marine was a young man from Mississippi. Among the killed was also an Iraqi civilian interpreter.[3]

All but three of the Marines killed were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines (3/25). The Marines not assigned to 3/25 were assigned to 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion. The driver of the vehicle was ejected when the amphibious assault vehicle (also known as amtracs, tracs, tractors etc.) was thrown through the air. Though he did live he received severe burns on a majority of his body. Eleven of them were members of the battalion's Lima Company. The company had already lost twelve servicemen since the beginning of the war, including eight members in Operation Matador in May. In May, out of the 9 Marines killed and 40 wounded during Matador, five killed and nine wounded were from the same squad of Lima company. During 2005, Lima Company was the workhorse of both RCT-2 and 3/25, participating in 15 regimental and battalion operations throughout their tour. The company saw combat from Hīt, Iraq in the east to Al-Qa'im in the west. During Operation Matador, all members of one squad were killed or wounded in 96 hours of fighting.[4] By the end of their deployment the Ohio Marine battalion lost 48 Marines and Sailors and another 150 wounded out of a complement of 1,350 Marines.

Marines from second Marine Division Small Craft Company assisted in locating the bodies of the slain snipers and were engaged in a large fire fight on the east bank of the Euphrates River in the city of Haditha.
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  135 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allred II, Carl, GySgt, (1995-Present)
  • Arico, Joseph, LtCol, (1997-Present)
  • Arnold, J., Sgt, (1995-2008)
  • Ausems, Judson, GySgt, (2001-Present)
  • Babbitt, Stephen, Cpl, (2002-2008)
  • Balla, Samuel, Sgt, (1996-2006)
  • Ballou, Greg, SSgt, (1994-2010)
  • Barnard, Calvin, Sgt, (2002-2008)
  • Beaty, Alan, Sgt, (1997-2005)
  • Bell, Jonathan, Cpl, (2002-2008)
  • Bengochea, Ricardo, Sgt, (2001-2011)
  • Bickom, Devvin, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Biffle, Shad, LCpl, (1999-2006)
  • BRANDON, JOSE, GySgt, (2001-2016)
  • Britten, Andrew, Maj, (2002-Present)
  • Carroccia, William Jr, MSgt, (1988-2012)
  • Cass, Noah, Cpl, (2002-2006)
  • Cativera, Corey, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Chitwood, Joshua, Sgt, (2004-2007)
  • Christie, Cephus, Cpl, (1999-2006)
  • Cole, Robert, Cpl, (2003-Present)
  • Collins, Philip, GySgt, (1994-2008)
  • Conway, Logan, SSgt, (1999-2008)
  • Crum, James, Cpl, (2003-2008)
  • Daffern, Robert, Sgt, (2000-Present)
  • Defries, Stephen, Sgt, (2003-Present)
  • Deslauriers, John, Sgt, (2003-2010)
  • Devore, Luke, Capt, (2003-2007)
  • Dobrinski, Zachary, Cpl, (2003-2009)
  • Dunbar, Chris, Sgt, (2002-2008)
  • Dunfee, David, CWO5, (1978-2008)
  • Fellure, Wesley, HMC, (1987-2007)
  • Fox, Dale, Sgt, (1996-2006)
  • Franklin, Terre, SSgt, (1997-2017)
  • French, Michael, SSgt, (1997-2007)
  • Fultz, Michael, Sgt, (2002-2008)
  • Gaddis, Alan, Capt, (1996-Present)
  • Galinski, Steve, GySgt, (2000-Present)
  • Garnett, Steven, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Glaeser, Scott, GySgt, (1991-2008)
  • Gonzalez, Gabriel, SSgt, (2003-Present)
  • Gough, William, GySgt, (1996-2016)
  • Govert, Tyler, SSgt, (2000-2009)
  • Grainger, Zachary, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Gregory, William, 1stSgt, (1987-2009)
  • Gummer, Sean, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Hamilton, Brian, SSgt, (1995-2006)
  • Hanson, Timothy, GySgt, (1994-2007)
  • Harper, Jarred, SSgt, (1994-2006)
  • Harris, Brandon, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Haught, Ronald, Sgt, (2000-2007)
  • Hicks, Steven, GySgt, (1993-2010)
  • HILL, STEVEN, Cpl, (2003-Present)
  • Hillberg, Bryan, Sgt, (2003-2008)
  • Hollon, Chris, Sgt, (2002-Present)
  • Hollon, Nicholas, GySgt, (2000-Present)
  • Hughes, Greg, Cpl, (2003-2008)
  • Hurley, Charles, GySgt, (1982-2007)
  • Hurtt, Preston, MSgt, (1980-2006)
  • Ickes, Nate, Sgt, (1999-2007)
  • Iskerka, Donald, MGySgt, (1986-Present)
  • Jackson, Donnie, Sgt, (1997-2008)
  • Jerome, Daniel, Cpl, (2002-2006)
  • Johnson, Kenneth, SSgt, (2004-Present)
  • Jordan, George, Sgt, (2002-Present)
  • Kiniry, Michael, LCpl, (2003-2008)
  • La, John, SSgt, (2004-Present)
  • Lawson, Stephen, LtCol, (1991-Present)
  • Linch, Tracy, 1stSgt, (1986-2009)
  • Luciano, Nick, Cpl, (2003-2007)
  • Marshall, Sgt, Michael, Sgt, (2001-2007)
  • McBirney, Matthew, PO1, (2002-2007)
  • Mccall, Joshua, SSgt, (2000-2008)
  • Mersing, Clarence, Cpl, (2002-2007)
  • Metz III, Franklyn, GySgt, (1997-Present)
  • MILIK, MARK, Cpl, (2004-2011)
  • Miller, Jason, Sgt, (2003-2008)
  • Mills, Parker, Sgt, (2003-2008)
  • Moore, Matthew, 1stSgt, (1996-Present)
  • Moriarty, Mark, HM1, (1991-2008)
  • Neil, Sean, Sgt, (2002-2008)
  • Nobles, Grover, GySgt, (1989-2008)
  • Ortiz, Eduardo, GySgt, (1989-2009)
  • Pace, Michael, Cpl, (2003-2010)
  • Peer, Jarod, Sgt, (2003-2008)
  • Peer, Jarod, SSgt, (2003-2008)
  • Ramos, Edward, Sgt, (2002-Present)
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