KILLED ON IWO JIMA – MARCH 9, 1945
Benjamin Champlin Moffatt, Jr. was born on October 30, 1920, originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, later raised in a Natchez, Mississippi orphanage, and retrieved by his father to Charlotte, North Carolina, and sent to military school. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, certified as being 18 by his father. He was the son of Benjamin Champlin and Mary Clark Moffatt, Sr. Name change by father prior to Ben, Sr.'s death from Moffett to Moffatt.
He received the Purple Heart. He died March 9, 1945 in Iwo Jima, and was subsequently interred in Arlington Cemetery April 14, 1948. He was removed from Iwo Jima by the government three years after the battle due to the lack of space for burials on the small island and relocated to Arlington. His burial site is Section 12, grave site 5272.
He was in the 27th division of Marine Corps. His brother was Ralph Edward Moffett of Greenville, Mississippi, died September 2, 1994. He served in the Navy.
Benjamin served one complete tour of duty and then reenlisted at the time of World War II. Not long after reenlisting and being promoted to Platoon Sergeant, Ben and his troops were sent to Iwo Jima. He died in battle. His serial number was 258741.
He still has surviving sisters, Helen, Margaret, and Owena.
Unfortunately, I have no details of how he died or details of the battles. If that information can be determined by anyone, I would appreciate the information for my Family Tree history and my own knowledge as well.
Ben was married right around his reenlistment, the only information concerning his wife is that her name was Irma and that they had a daughter named Betty Moffett. I would certainly like more info if by chance someone has it available to return to me.
MOFFATT, BENJAMIN C JR
PL SGT USMC
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/14/1948
BURIED AT: SECTION 12 SITE 5272
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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