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.