The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Gunnery Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin, 34, of Garfield Heights, died Aug. 18, 2009 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Adam was a Gunnery Sergeant in the USMC and was an EOD Tech. He was in the midst of defusing an IED when it went off. He was serving one of several tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He will be missed.

Master Sgt. Adam F. Benjamin of Garfield, Ohio opted for boot camp instead of college after graduating from Garfield Heights High School in 1993. This had been a goal of his ever since he was a boy. Adam truly loved his job in the Marine Corps as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He had a passion for military history and a passion for guns. He also had a playful side that always presented itself each time he was back at home with his siblings. The devoted brother and son would insist on having dinner with his mother whenever he was home on leave. Adam was deployed twice to Iraq, from February to October 2007 and again from February to September 2008. He received several awards, including, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as various other personal and unit decorations. In addition to his mother and stepfather, Judy and Robert Watters, and his father, Frank Benjamin, he also leaves his siblings, Aaron, Amanda, Asa, Abram, Abigail, Amos, Amaryah, Aric, Anyah, Alexis and Allen.

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