Marine Air Transport Association honors Wounded Warriors at reunion

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 23:14 PM.

He said that the association has 900 members across the nation. About 90 members came to the reunion, which included a tour of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 and a formal banquet at Miller’s Landing at Cherry Point.

McQueen said the event is good for the city because 55 rooms were rented at the Holiday Inn Express for the four-day reunion, so it brings money into Havelock.

Most of all, it gets the veterans together.

“It’s great,” Benjock said. “When you get my age — I’m 91 years old — it’s great to see faces again.”

Benjock enlisted in 1942 and put 31 years into the Marine Corps.

“I miss this part of the country,” he said. “When I came to Cherry Point in 1942, there was nothing here but mosquitoes and swamp, but I drive around and take a look at Havelock and take a look at Morehead City and I just cannot believe it.”

“I started out with SBD, then we transferred into torpedo bombers and at the end of the war I got sent to China for three years and we flew C-46s, Curtis Commandos. I got sent back here to Cherry Point and in 1950 I got a call to go up to Norfolk, get cold weather gear … and then I had a long extended tour in Korea. That’s when I got into R-5Ds and I made three tours in Vietnam in 130s. And I never regretted a day of it.”



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