Benjamin Millstein – Chif Warrant Officer 4, United States Army


Benjamin Millstein, a veteran whose 30-year career spanned three wars, will be buried Monday morning at Arlington National Cemetery after 10:30 services at the Fort Myer Chapel.

CWO Millstein died September 23, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia, of heart failure. His wife of 45 years, Jessie, was by his side at the time of death.

CWO Millstein was stationed at Fort Belvoir in 1969 before shipping off to Vietnam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. He also served in the Korean War and both the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines in 1942 and only escaped the Bataan Death March because he was called home to visit an ailing mother. He was an infantryman, a drill instructor and quartermaster in his varied career.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Millstein worked as a farmer, a kosher butcher and Arthur Murray dance instructor before calling the Army home. His Austrian-born parents were part of the great wave of immigrants who came through Ellis Island in the late 19th Century. His family moved to a farm in Connecticut in the 1920s, and Mr. Millstein graduated from Plainfield High School where he was an all-state guard on the basketball team.

Survivors include three sons, a daughter and their spouses: Leo Millstein and Linda Finkelman of Washington, D.C., Lincoln Millstein and Irene Driscoll of Greenwich, Connecticut, Vivien and Ron Patrie of Buckhead, Georgia, and Ronald and Karen Weber-Millstein of Seattle, Washington; a sister, Helen Voorhees of Freehold, New Jersey, and six grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 04/08/1944 – 04/07/1972
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 03/18/1912
  • DATE OF DEATH: 09/23/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 11/17/2003
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 66  SITE 4089  – Arlington National Cemetery

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