Condolence & Memory Journal

We would like to extend our condolences to your family. Ben was a great inspiration to our community and left a lasting mark in the small town of Williamston, Michigan. He was a great contributor to our community action groups, never forgotten and greatly missed.

Posted by Carol Grainger - Williamston, MI - Friend   September 16, 2015

Sorrow for loss of another hero. A shame the Japanese Americans were treated that way. To get flier status when he must have undergone much discrimination speaks to the kind of man he must have been. My father served in European theater. I am sorry for your loss & loss of a hero

Posted by Robert E Martin - South Windsor, CT - an Army medic in 1970   September 12, 2015

My condolences to your family. may you find comfort in God promise at John 5:28,29 during this time of grief.

Posted by James Long - Houston, TX - not related   September 11, 2015


He Will Call
(Job 14:13-15)
Life, like a mist, appears for just a day,
Then disappears tomorrow.
All that we are can quickly fade away,
Replaced with tears and sorrow.
If a man should die, can he live again?
Hear the promise God has made:

He will call; The dead will answer.
They shall live at his command.
For he will have a longing
For the work of his own hand.
So have faith, and do not wonder,
For our God can make us stand.
And we shall live forever,
As the work of his own hand.
Friends of our God, though they may pass away,
Will never be forsaken.
All those asleep who in God's mem'ry stay,
From death he will awaken.
Then we'll come to see all that life can be:
Paradise eternally.

Posted by JF - NY   September 11, 2015

So sorry to read about the loss of your loved one. God cares so deeply about us that he has gone to great lengths to make the fulfillment of his purpose a certainty. (John 3:16). One of his promises is no more death. Another of his promises is that those in his memory will be brought back to life. May these facts bring you some comfort.

Posted by J.W.    September 10, 2015


Ben was a true AMERICAN hero of Japanese decent. What an amazing story of a courageous man. May he rest in peace, my condolences to his family and friends. Suzanne Compton ATL, GA

Posted by Suzanne Compton - Atlanta, GA - Not related   September 07, 2015

"Micah 4:2-4 " We look forward to that time when there will only be peace on Earth. Condolences to the Family.

Posted by Sharon France's - stratford, CT - friend   September 07, 2015

To Ben's Family...My Dad was "Red" Kettering who flew with Ben on many missions on the "Red A**" and "Tupelo Lass" B-24's. He was with Ben when they flew the Ploesti mission, and considered Ben one of his life-long friends. I have a lot of memorabilia from the year they flew together, including pictures and letters from that time. My dad passed away in 1968, and I think Ben may be the last member of that aircrew to pass away. Our deepest sympathies go out to your family, as America has lost a great man. I would love to hear back from you if you want. Thank You, Jack Kettering

Posted by Jack Kettering - Fremont, CA - Son of Ben's crewmate in WWII   September 06, 2015

Your family and mine probably crossed paths in Nebraska both in Gothenburg and at the U. Thank you for a life well lived and an example magnificently set.

Posted by Douglas - Veteran   September 06, 2015