Benjamin E. Basham (81) was born in Los Angeles, CA, and was enrolled in school before he enlisted. His military service was carried out from November 5, 1947 to October 1, 1982. During his period of service, he went to Inchon, and was stationed at Yongson from September 15, 1950 to December 1950. He served in the 1st Marine Division, G. Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines as a PFC upon entering, and was had become a major by the time of his discharge. He was in charge of communications on the observer team, was a radio operator with the infantry company, and participated in the Inchon Landing, Seizure of Seoul, and Chosin Reservoir campaign. He received a Purple Heart for his commitments. After returning to the United States, he continued in the USMC (remaining in the Marine Corps), and worked for Raytheon after being discharged from military service. His most memorable experience in the war was the Chosin Reservoir, and what impacted him most was the devastation he witnessed.
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