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Branch: Army
Theatre: Vietnam

Ben 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.

Honor A Veteran

Selections are only based on the nominee's military service
Nominees do not have to be alumni or associated with the university in any way. Each year, the committee selects eleven honorees based on noteworthy honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation, but decorations for valor are not required. Selections are only based on the nominee's military service.