More detail on this person: BEN R. GAMES May 5, 1924 -July 25, 2013 ELLENTON, Fla. - Maj. Ben R. Games, Ph.D, 89, of Ellenton, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the TideWell Hospice House. He was born May 5, 1924, in Elkhart, Ind., to the late Robert and Elizabeth Mary Games. Ben leaves behind his wife, Helen Amsden Games, formerly of Goshen, Ind.; two sons, Ben R. Games Jr. of Ellenton and Mr. and Mrs. Jon Games of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Chad Games of Texas, Jon R. Games II of Ellenton and Margo Games of Jacksonville. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Robert and Elizabeth Mary Games, and two half-brothers. Maj. Games served his country with honor for 35 years in the U.S. Armed Forces. He also was an author and wrote many books. He will be remembered as a "great story teller." Ben Games Biography Ben R. Games, PhD, Major, CW-4, TCNA-6, flew bombers and night fighters during WWII, then Jet Fighters for the USAF during the Korean War, and Chinook helicopters in Vietnam for the 1st Cavalry Division. He is a member of the North American Mach Busters Club and of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society with 737 recorded combat hours. After 35 years he retired from military flying in 1978 and later became the manager of the Turks & Caicos National Airline. He served in Vietnam as a pilot with the 228 Aviation Battalion, Company B, 1st Cavalry Division, and is a life member of Army Aviation Class 43K, 1st Cavalry Division Association, MOAA, USAF Association, VHPA, DFC Society, National Guard Association of the US, Camp Grayling Officers Club, VFW, American Legion, and the DAV. During his military service Ben was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism, Bronze Star, 14 Air Medals, Army Commen-dation Medal with "V" Device, National Defense Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars, MI Medals of Valor w/Oak leaf cluster, two Legion of Merit. Vietnam Campaign Medal w/1960 device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm Unit Citation, and Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal of Honor with First Class Unit Citation. During the past fifty years, stories of his flying adventures have been read by people around the world. They range from a child's Christmas story, biographical adventures, to science fiction.
Burial information: Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL
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