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2000 Honoree

Ben Waterfield

Branch: Army ** Served In: Vietnam

Ben WaterfieldBen Waterfield enlisted in the Army Air Corps, but extreme near-sightedness restricted him to a “no combat” role. In 1944, even though deemed unfit for overseas duty, he wangled an assignment in England with the secret 422 Night Fighter Squadron where he was an armorer for the P-61 Black Widow. Later that year he was based near the front lines in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge where he often worked at night, holding a flashlight in his mouth. In a strafing attack by a German fighter, Waterfield was severely wounded by cannon fire. He was subsequently evacuated to Paris and later to Brigham City, Utah where he recovered from an amputated leg.