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Corporal Benjamin Charles Dillon September 16, 1985

October 6, 2007

Cpl. Benjamin C. Dillon was killed in action on October 6, 2007 in Iraq during combat operations against known enemies of the United States of America. He was born September 16, 1985.

Cpl. Dillon initially entered the United States Army on September 24, 2004. and after completion of one station unit training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program, was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. Cpl. Dillon served as a rifleman, Grenadier, Automatic Rifleman, Machine Gunner and Gun Team Leader, in B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. His last assignment was as a Gun Team Leader in B Company, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia.

Cpl. Dillon completed numerous military courses while serving in the United States Army, including the Ranger Indoctrination Program, The Ranger Course and the Basic Airborne Course.

Cpl. Dillon's awards and decoration include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Army Expert Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Cpl. Dillon was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and recommended for the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Ben chose to follow a family tradition of service to his country in the Elite Airborne 3rd Ranger Battalion.

He was a lifelong member of the Edinburg United Church and a 2004 graduate of Southeast High School. He played baseball, basketball, and golf. His free time was spent in the company of his dearest friends and family at a campfire at his home.

Ben is survived by his loving parents, Terry and Linda Dillon; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nicholas and Julia and Steve and Amy, all of Edinburg; aunts and uncles, Bill and Patty Dillon, Den and Debbie Dillon, Tim and Kim Dillon, Doug and Diana Dillon, all of Edinburg, Arch (currently in Afghanistan) and Sherri Nissel of Charleton, West Virginia, Beverly Nissel and Aaron Adkins of Streetsboro, Ohio. Rick and Theresa Nissel of Elkview, West Virginia; and many cousins; grandparents, Ed and Donna Dillon Byers of Edinburg and Arch and Rose Nissel of Roanoke, West Virginia previously of Edinburg.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Southeast High School, 8423 Tallmadge Road, Ravenna, Ohio, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2007, Reverend Steven Mortach and the U.S. Army Rangers will officiate. Burial will follow at Edinburg Cemetery on State Route 14. Arrangements are being handled by the Shorts Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. It is requested that donations, in lieu of flowers and food gifts, be made at any Key Bank into the Ben Dillon Scholarship Fund to benefit Southeast High School.

(Shorts, 330-296-6858.)


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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Oct. 12, 2007.
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October 10, 2018
Thank you for your sacrifice for our country.
July 19, 2015
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Dillon Family know that we recently made a small donation to the Lead The Way Fund in honor of Benjamin C. Dillon US Army Corporal. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
June 25, 2015
I'm sending my condolences to the family of Benjamin C. Dillon, sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in Gods word. Micah 4:3,4
November 13, 2012
Life will never be the same again without you. I miss u so much my heart is broken .
mom
November 12, 2012
In honor of Benjamin Dillon~Veteran's Day 2012.
October 5, 2012
Its been five years Ben, five very long years, we will always love you.
Aunt Bevie
September 15, 2012
Happy Birthday
Hard to believe it is your birthday. Happy Birthday.
B Nissel
June 27, 2012
Wow i think i just woke up all of phoenix playin the mix you made me i finally got some jl audio w7s in my cadillac wish you was here to go ridin with me there are still men out there fighting to live by the ranger creed as u so well and vividly pointed out da way life should be lead on a 24hr basis. I know your looking down on your family so take care of them and guide them the right way through life we all miss you. Wun luv ryte always
jermane grady
March 1, 2012
Still/always thinking of your son. I wrote to you here three years ago as our Ranger entered RIP and chose Ben as the Ranger to whom he dedicated his training. Now our Ranger is tabbed and on his 3rd deployment in Afghanistan. We are counting the days until our next reunion. Please believe me when I tell you that you are always in my thoughts, and especially so on the days when I am able to see my son walking towards me again.

With love and gratitude,

Janet
www.thearmymom.com
February 29, 2012
My son just began RASP at Ft.Benning. He chose your son, Benjamin Dillon, to be his Ranger in the Sky. It is an honor. We will pray for your son. He will be in our thoughts. God Bless
Cindy Hestad
October 7, 2011
To the family and friends of Cpl. Benjamin C. Dillon:
Please accept my remembrance of Benjamin on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
October 5, 2011
My thoughts are with all of the Dillon family today. I am so thankful for the many memories that Ben left in our community.

Renee
October 5, 2011
If I'd only knew the last time that I held you was gonna be the last time I'd have never let go..........
September 17, 2011
I will never forget you! Happy Birthday
Bens Mom
September 16, 2011
Happy Birthday Baby
Aunt Bevie
May 30, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Dillon family. I am so thankful for all of the wonderful memories Ben left.

Renee
April 9, 2011
My heart still feels the pain of the loss of your beautiful personality in my life. The tears still fall...
Mom
April 8, 2011
Just thinking of you today and always.
Kim Dillon
October 7, 2010
You are always in our hearts, Ben. We love and miss you everyday.

(that quote by Rose Kennedy says it all)
Sara
October 7, 2010
To the family of Ben Dillon:
We're so sorry for your loss....three years ago seems like yesterday.
We thank God for young men like Ben, and will continue to keep your entire family in our prayers.

Proud parents of Cpl Sam Pearson
9/18/79 - 10/10/07
Randi & Carolyn Pearson
October 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Cpl. Benjamin C. Dillon:
Remembering Benjamin on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
October 6, 2010
"It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone."
— Rose Kennedy

miss you
September 19, 2010
So many memories that will never be forgotten, thank you so much brother, I miss, and love you.
Bobby
September 16, 2010
Happy Birthday
Love
Miss you
April 2, 2010
Happy Easter
Aunt bevie
November 26, 2009
Happy thanksgiving...... We all miss you lots!
Melissa Dills
November 25, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving Ben!! Love you and miss you, Aunt Debbie and Uncle Denny
October 6, 2009
I remember when we watch the Land Before Time and you were so impressed with, " Some things you see with your eyes and some things you see with your heart," you repeated it for days. Because we can no longer see you with our eyes Ben, we will always see you in our hearts.
Beverly Nissel
September 16, 2009
Happy Birthday Ben. We miss you.

Love ya,

Uncle Tim and Kim
Kim Dillon
September 16, 2009
Happy Birthday "Guardian Ranger Angel". We love you and miss you and you are in our hearts every day.

Love you,
Aunt Debbie
September 15, 2009
In just a few hours you would have been 24yrs old. It is still sooooo young. I'm just glad that the 22 years you did have.....you lived them up! Love you!
Sara
August 13, 2009
Yes, Ben would have been a wonderful Uncle....it is just so hard.........miss you.
sara
August 5, 2009
There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of him. Sure miss him but know he is our guardian angel and watching over us. We love you Ben.
August 4, 2009
Just thinking of Ben. Wishing he could be here to build his house and be an uncle to the babies when they are born. I know he will be here in spirit. Just too much thinking right now.
Kim Dillon
June 15, 2009
Janet,
couldn't get the email to go to you but here is Ben's birth date Ben was born September 16, 1985
Beverly Nissel
June 14, 2009
This morning, our son called from Ft. Benning where he is attending the Ranger Indoctrination Program. He asked me to search for your son's date of birth. When I asked him why, he said that he read about your son's sacrifice even before he joined the Army in January (2009), but needed me to confirm his date of birth.

Tomorrow, Brandon will be asked to name a Ranger killed in action, for whom he dedicates his efforts during Ranger training. Your son, is that Ranger.

I cannot imagine the pain of losing your son and I must confess it is also my greatest fear as my son trains to become a Ranger.

I didn't know about Benjamin until a few hours ago, but I assure you, I will never forget him.

With love and gratitude,

Janet
www.janetbridge.com
Janet Cooper-Bridge
May 26, 2009
I never got to meet Dillon but he was a friend of my sons. I think about ya'll alot but never got to say how sorry I was for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at all times. Frances and Clark Vaughn, parents of Sgt Chance Vaughn
Frances Vaughn
April 2, 2009
Nothing can compare to the sacrifice that you have given to your friends and loved ones. Thank you and rest in peace bud.
Ryan Levels
March 27, 2009
Ben...miss that sly smile, devilish grin quick wit, and warm hugs. We're lucky to have so many good memories.
Love always,
Aunt Diana
March 19, 2009
My deepest condolences goes out to Cpl.Dillon's family. He will be greatly missed and is truly an inspiration for for future RANGERS.

THE RANGER CREED

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight; I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well-trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy, and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

Rangers lead the way!

SFC WILLIAM THOMAS
William Thomas
February 2, 2009
Dear David,
We (Ben's Family) can never thank you enough for your sacrafice. It was our honor to have meet you. It brings us comfort to know that you stood with Ben as his brother Ranger, as a friend and someone who he knew had his back. Some how talking about missing him does not quite do justice to the time that has passed since his death. Like you said there isn't a day that he isn't with us. It will always be difficult but it is a grief that we share with Ben's friends, others and amoung our family.
We loved him, we supported his decision to become a Ranger and we are as proud of his accomplishments as we are of yours. Please, remember you are not alone and we tell Ben stories all the time and through us he will never be forgotten. If you need to talk or e mail we are here for you. If you ever get to Ohio we would love to see you.
Sincerely,
Aunt Bev Nissel
January 31, 2009
Rarely a day goes by when I don't think of Ben and his sacrifice. That night will forever be etched into my memory and soul, but not like how his life impacted mine. Words are tough to come by when I think of him, other than that I miss him still today. To his family and friends; when you were at Benning I found it difficult to say much, but I'm genuinely sorry for your loss. He will never be forgotten.
David Watts
January 13, 2009
Thinking of you today and always. Love ya! Kim
Kim Dillon
December 12, 2008
What a hard time of year with Christmas around the corner. But we all have so many great memories with you to smile about and we know you are looking down on us with a smile as well. We love you!
Sara
December 9, 2008
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Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
November 4, 2008
GOD HAS YOU IN HIS KEEPING, WE HAVE YOU IN OUR HEARTS
October 7, 2008
In Memory of Benjamin ~ (Debra Estep)
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Benjamin, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
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Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
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Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
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October 6, 2008
It doesn't seem like a whole year, the wounds are still so fresh. Instead of you coming back home to us, now you are looking over us. We miss you each and every day. Thanks Ben! Love you
Sara
October 6, 2008
Miss you and think of you.
Melissa Dills
October 5, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Benjamin C. Dillon:
Benjamin gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
September 18, 2008
We love you Ben.
Aunt Diana & Uncle Doug, Katelin & Kenny
September 16, 2008
Happy Birthday Benni. You are our Guardian Angel now. We miss you.

Love Aunt Debbie and Uncle Denny
Debbie Dillon
September 16, 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEN! WE MISS YOU.
KIM DILLON
September 16, 2008
Rest In Peace
Ben,
Happy Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michael Iezzi
September 16, 2008
Happy Birthday Ben, perhaps there isn't any chocolate cake or candles but you are in our hearts today and always, we miss you.
Beverly Nissel
September 5, 2008
It feels like yesterday.....we miss you Ben!
Sara
September 5, 2008
Cpl Ben C. Dillon Memorial Walk & Scholarship Benefit - Sunday Sept 28, 2008 - Edinburg Park & Cemetery - Registration 12:00, Walk begins at the park at 1:00 (Rockspring, Rt 18 & Rt 14 will be closed- bicycles, golf carts, 4 wheelers, etc welcome-There will also be a trailer available for those who are unable to walk) Walk continues to the Edinburg Cemetery where a service will be held and will resume back to the park where an 'All American' picnic will be served as guests enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere (Inflatables, DJ, Pony rides) & Raffle. Tickets are $20 - Includes Tshirt, food, drink, entertainment and Raffle), Family Ticket rate (2 Adults- 2 Children 16 & under) $40, Southeast Students $12. Tickets are presale. GET YOUR TICKETS ASAP Call 330-325-2115 or go to Pettigrew Hardware M-F 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun 10-2.
Saudi Pettigrew
September 4, 2008
Your birthday is near and we think of you daily. We love you and miss you very much.

Uncle Denny and Aunt Debbie
Debbie Dillon
July 4, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Cpl Dillon!
April 22, 2008
ben you well be missed
ryan konkle
April 12, 2008
He will always be remembered in the hearts of his fellow rangers! 'Leave no man behind' is not only physical but mental as well. He served with the best of the best. Our thoughts go out to you and your families.
Abby
March 4, 2008
I love you Benni...I miss you.
Sean
February 8, 2008
We will remember and continue to honor Ben.
P Family
January 30, 2008
Ben, You have been such a source of pride in our family. After visiting Ft. Benning I now know that you were a source of pride to them as well. It is so comforting to know that when you were not with your biological family that you had another family that took care of you just as well with your Ranger brothers. I thank them all for taking care of our Benni! You all will forever be in our thoughts and prayers as well. We love you Ben!
Sara
December 7, 2007
Two months since Ben's death and many years since Peal Harbor. So many soldiers have passed, and Ben knew that, yet he still felt we were all worth the sacrifice. I thank Ben everyday for my freedoms and safety, being able to decorate for Christmas, go to work safely, and do as I choose...
Ben,
We all love and miss you and will never forget or take for granted what you've done. There's no doubt you have a special place in heaven along with the many others who fought for us. Know that your story will live on forever and you are our hero.
Melissa Dills
December 5, 2007
Ben,
Two months have passed since the day God took you back home. You would think things would have gotten easier for us, but that simply is not the case. Although it is still a stuggle everyday, we all get stength in knowing you are in a better place and keeping an eye on us all. I know you would not want us crying all the time and being sad, so we try....but it is very hard. I think the best thing we can do is to keep you in our hearts by continually telling our funny Benni Stories, even though it hurts. You will never be forgotten (it is just not possible!) So we will continue to Honor you and keep you close. You are missed terribly and that will just never change. I love you!
Sara K
November 26, 2007
I am very sorry for you lose.
Nelson's
November 23, 2007
To the Dillon Family:
We are so sorry for the loss of your son, Benjamin. We, too, have a son serving in 3rd Bn. and two in HQ. The Ranger Family is a closeknit family and we know that they will wrap their arms around you. We are thinking about you. We will never forget your son, U.S. Army Ranger Benjamin Dillon, American Hero.

Sincerely,

Mike & Peggy Conklin
Rangers Lead The Way
Peggy Conklini
November 18, 2007
Some people live to be 100
and no nothing of honor.
Some people live to be 100
and no nothing of being a warrior of freedom.
Some people live to be 100
and never get the priviledge to know the sacrifice
of freedom, honor, and courage.
Some people never live.

Benjamin died being loved, living more and experiencing more in life in 22 years than most people will ever experience in a lifetime.

Knowing this will not bring Ben back, but it may give others the courage to live. It may give them the strength they need to find their way in life.

May Benni's memory teach others the importance of faith, honor, courage, strength, patronage and sacrifice.
In Peace, Love & Hope, Diana Dillon
November 14, 2007
Terry, Linda, Nick and Stevie

I have been trying to find a way to put down in words the pain that I feel for all of you. Although the last several years we haven't had much time together the early years are the ones remembered for me. You all were like an extra family for me. I remember all of the summers, weekends, and family get togethers I was able to spend time with MY other family. The entire Dillon family has a special place in my heart lead by your family. I remember the days when Ben was Sweet Pea and when he became Benni. All of the times there being, for me, like a big brother to the three of those wonderful boys. A part of me is gone too and I feel a void where I am helpless. Please know that I am praying for you all and not a day goes by that I don't reflect to those days, that were the times of my life, and Ben along with all of you were a major part of. I miss you all and hope to see you all very soon. With all my love.

Scott Stewart
Scott Stewart
November 9, 2007
Linda and Terry . .
Sean has gone back over to the guys . . I know he is torn, but just the memories of Ben will give him strength. I'm glad he had a chance to have the brother he never had in Benni. Ben has changed all our lives. You are in my prayers daily.
Kathi Card
November 8, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Dillon family in the loss of Benjamin. I did not know Benjamin, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Benjamin you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza
November 4, 2007
To the Dillon Family:
I had breakfast with Jodi this morning and heard the terrible news. I sit here trying to think of the right thing to say...and realize that it doesn't exist, so here is my best attempt: Thank you to Ben, and to the family, know that I am thinking of you and praying for you. Love to you all!
Kara Riley
November 2, 2007
Ben ready to help fix a brake system.
November 2, 2007
Ben working on a friends toy.
November 2, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Cpl Dillon and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! It is especially sad to lose a fellow member of the Buckeye state. May God bless all of you!!
November 1, 2007
One thing that I wil miss about Ben is his famous grin. His grin was different than most. It was not a grin like he was up to something and was afraid he would get caught (like his brother Bubba)....Ben's grin was a grin that said "Ya, I am up to someting....and there is NOTHING you can do about it!!!!"
Ben also had a funny way of putting a good spin on a bad situation and laughing at it. Ben was a man of few words, so when he spoke...you listened because most of the time it was hilarious! Ben is going to be sorely missed, but his memories will live on forever. I can't wait to tell all my fun "Ben" stories to all of our kids.
Ben we love, miss, and are so proud of you. It is nice to know we have a "Ranger Angel" lookig after all of us.
love:cousin sara
sara k
November 1, 2007
Linda and Terry -
I wish I could have made it to the funeral, but I am glad that Mom and Kevin were able to make it. I have such great memories of being at your house in the summers when the boys were little and I can remember one afternoon when I got to rock Ben to sleep in the rocking chair in your living room. I am so sorry that he had to leave us so soon. He will forever be remembered as a great man and you should both be proud of the great job you did in raising your boys. Love you all!
Lisa Gregory Rollins
October 30, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007


cindy greene mother of sgt. jeremy r. greene kia 4/28/07
October 29, 2007
Nick, Me, Ben, and Steve
It was a beautiful day in October when we posed for this photo. Nick and Ben didn't want to wear a tux and Steve was an Usher. It was my wedding day. Those 3 little boy were not so little any more.
Beverly Nissel
October 29, 2007
Ben wasn’t always just Benni…

Ben had several nicknames. His first was probably squirrel. Terry jokingly referred to Linda’s dad as squirrel prior to Ben’s birth. Nick and Steve were both big babies so I think Terry thought he was safe. Well, after little Benni was born and he was so small and sweet, we teased Terry that he got his own little squirrel. Ben looked just like his grandpa Nissel.

As Ben grew and began to crawl he looked just like sweet pea from Popeye. So we called him sweet pea for a while. I remember when he was about 2 or 3 years old Judy French, a very close family friend, gave him a sweet pea doll for Christmas. He took one look at it and threw it across the room.

As time went on Ben had several other nicknames, none seemed to stick better then Benni.

What Ben lacked in stature he made up ten fold with his charisma, quick-wit, determination, and physical ability. Ben walked like he was 6’5” tall, his height never was an obstacle to him. So when Ben decided that he was going to be an elite Army Ranger, we never doubted him.

Terry & Linda, Ben nor his courageous sacrifice will ever be forgotten. We love you.
Doug, Diana, Katelin & Kenny
October 29, 2007
Remember when Ben and Kay, both so young, started a fire behind the barn? He was adventurous even back then. Who would have known the little guy in the suspenders, glasses, and bowl-cut at Christmas Eve would mature into an elite Army Ranger, leading the way. He would most definitely shy away from all the attention and talk of being a hero. I remember telling him how all of my kindergarteners wanted to be in the Army and how they all think he's so cool... of course Ben just gave that grin and shook his head.
Melissa Dills
October 29, 2007
Your family is on our thoughts and prayers. CPL Dillon is an American hero! He will also be missed by his Ranger Family here at Ft. Benning.
A. Ravelo
October 29, 2007
Ben~
Your determination, courage, and bravery to follow your dream and defend our country are admirable. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten~ you are our hero! You will be missed.

Terry and Linda~
Our hearts ache for both of you, but know that you have an Angel who will walk with you every step of the way until you meet again. We love you both!

Rangers~
THANK YOU for all you have done for our family!! We thought our family was big until we met you all, now our family has doubled in size!

To the community~
THANK YOU so much for all of the support you have shown. All of you who showed your support over the past several weeks and those of you who lined the streets with love for Ben and our family~ thank you! It is appreciated more than words could ever say!

Jason and Karla
(Proud Cousin and Cousin-in-Law)
Jason and Karla Dillon
October 28, 2007
The Dillon Family,

Benni was not only a great person, friend, cousin, brother, son, but he will always be a hero. I feel blessed to have gotten to know Ben and all the members of the Dillon family. I have so many good memories with the Dillons. Benni was the one who could always make you smile and I will always remember him on Christmas eve teaching one of his younger cousins how to shoot a dart gun or seeing how many marshmellows he could fit on a smore at a weiner roast. Riding four wheelers and shooting hoops in Dillonville will never be the same. The words 'Thank You' do not even do justice for what Benni has done for this country. He made the ultimate sacrifice and I am forever thankful for your son. God Bless the Dillon family, I love you all. Benni will live in our hearts forever.
Kara Gintert
October 27, 2007
May God bless you and your family in the time in need.
Cpl. Benjamin C. Dillion is an American hero and will never be forgotten.

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shawnee (Austin, TX)
October 26, 2007
I can remember when Ben was little and we said he reminded us of Grandpa Charlie (whom he was named after) because he was so little and we didn't think he'd be able to see over the steering wheel to drive when he was 16. Little did we know he was going to be big, strong and brave and go fight for all of our freedom. Thank you Ben! Ben always had to have my noodles and mashed potatoes on Christmas Eve. Wish I could make him some now. Loved by all.
Uncle Bill & Aunt Patty
Patty Dillon
October 26, 2007
Amy and Ben Christmas 2005
October 26, 2007
Steve, Nick and Ben with shaved heads for Benni 2004
October 26, 2007
Ben always had a big heart…

Rev. Ruth Chartier was our minister at Edinburg United Church of Christ for many years. She became witness to many Dillon stories. When we walked into Church on Sunday morning Kenny only had eyes for one person, his big cousin Benni. Once he located Ben and sat next to him, he was happy and content. Ben always greeted Kenny with a warm smile and made room for him no matter how tight the space.

Each Sunday service included “Children’s Time.” This was when the small children went up front and were given a short story or lesson by Mrs. Betty Dickerhoff. When it was time for Kenny to go up front, all he had to do was look at Ben. Ben would smile and go with Kenny, even though most his age wouldn’t think of going up front. Kenny walked up front proudly with his Benni in tow.

One Sunday during the Children’s Time (Kenny was about 3 and Ben 13) something was said about twins. Kenny quickly raised his hand and Mrs. Dickerhoff called on him. Kenny proudly and loudly said “Me and Ben are twins! With that, the congregation chuckled. Kenny was perturbed and with a stern look and voice said to Mrs. Dickerhoof, “Ken-Ben, (it rhymes) SEE we are twins!” Smiling, Mrs. Dickerhoff looked at Ben. Ben didn’t miss a beat, he said, “Just like Ken said, we’re twins.” Off to their seats they went… Kenny and his twin Benni.
Kenny's mom, Benni's Aunt
October 26, 2007
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October 26, 2007
Ben with Mr. McDivit and Wilderness Class Friends 2004
October 26, 2007
benni story.... playing put-put golf and him beating me over and over again...shooting hoops and him beating me over and over again...playing tennis and him beating me over and over again ( i see a trend).. playing pickle with ben and sara and bub and jodi and nick, playing in the mud after storms and sliding all over the ground until we were coverred and Linda would make us hose off outside because we were so dirty.Ben was one of a kind!
Kay Dillon
October 25, 2007
Amy and Benni New Year's 2005
October 25, 2007
Benni checking out the scrapbook made for him
October 25, 2007
Benni December 2005
October 25, 2007
Cousins and Ben
October 25, 2007
Cousins and Ben
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