EDMON "BEN" BENAVIDES

 
I MET EDMON IN 1961 WHEN I FIRST CAME ABOARD USS RANGER.  WE  BOTH CAME ABOARD ABOUT THE SAME TIME AND WERE EACH ASSIGNED TO AIR INTELLIGENCE.  EDMON WAS A DRAFTMAN STRIKER.  WE BECAME VERY GOOD FRIENDS AS HE DID WITH ANYONE WHO EVER MET HIM.  EDMON WAS MY SAVIOR WHEN IT CAME TO STANDING DUTY IN PORT AT ALAMEDA.  I WAS MARRIED AND HE WOULD ALWAYS OFFER TO STAND MY DUTY SO I COULD GO HOME AT NIGHT. 
EDMON STARTED PAINTING ON SILK WHEN HE WAS ON THE 1961-1962 WESTPAC CRUISE.  HE HAD SEEN THE ARTIST ON THE STREET IN YOKOSUKA THAT WOULD TAKE A PHOTO AND PAINT A PICTURE FOR THE SAILORS.  HE BECAME INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO DO JUST THAT.  EDMON BECAME A GREAT ARTIST AND AFTER HE LEFT THE NAVY HE CONTINUED ON AND OVER THE YEARS PAINTED SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WILD LIFE SCENES I'VE EVER SEEN.
EDMON AND I STAYED IN TOUCH AND VISITED EACH OTHER A FEW TIMES AFTER THE NAVY.  HE BECAME ILL WITH CANCER AND DIED IN NOVEMBER 1986.  HE IS MISSED!!!    John R. Guy


"A Toast To The Rangermen"



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