KENT, WA, USA
1LT, HHB 2D BATTALION 3RD FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, APO AE 09081
BAGHDAD, IRAQ 11/02/2003
Benjamin Joseph Colgan was a devoted husband and father, a loving son and brother, a world-class soldier and a friend to all. Those who knew him could attest to his generous spirit and ever-present smile, a smile that would on occasion turn into a mischievous grin. He’ll be remembered as the life of the party and the spark of the family fire.
His commanding officer described him as “absolutely fearless” and “the bravest, most decent and selfless man” he’s ever known.
Born in Seattle, Ben, the fourth of eight children, graduated from Mount Rainier High School and immediately joined the army. He spent the next 12 years climbing the ranks of the military, eventually gaining entry into the army’s elite Special Operations Group.
Colgan was an honor graduate of Officers Candidate School. He then graduated with honors from the Chemical Officer Course. Ben gravitated to the toughest mission there was – he took the Survey Platoon and made them one of the U.S. Army’s premier raiders. But did it with a calm, gentleman’s approach. He was just so good at what he did that you felt safe around him.
First Lieutenant Benjamin Joseph Colgan was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.