Benjamin D Tiffner

Benjamin D Tiffner

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U.S. Army
BAGHDAD, IRAQ 11/07/2007

Benjamin Tiffner wanted to be a military officer since he was a young man and in 1996, Benjamin was nominated to the US Military Academy in West Point by WV Senator Robert Byrd.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2000. After Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Airborne School and Ranger School, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, at Fort Lewis, Washington, and served as an infantry platoon leader, reconnaissance platoon leader, and company executive officer. He served in Iraq from November 2003 to March 2004.

Upon graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course in April 2006, he was assigned to 5th SFG(A). He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula. This was his second deployment to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be here (Iraq)”, he told his mother just before he died. A few hours from his death in Iraq, Tiffner had a final request for his parents. He wanted them to pray for the men who served under him.

Family friend Randy Curry says he’ll never forget Tiffner’s smile and his leadership abilities that were evident from a very young age.

“He would do anything they would ask him to do and he would do it with every bit of his energy and effort. He really enjoyed training and working hard,” Curry said.

One of Captain Tiffner’s instructors at West Point years ago wrote a message about him in an internet Guest Book Monday:

“To the family and friends of CPT Tiffner, my condolences to you. I was shocked to hear of Ben’s passing this morning. Though it has been many years since Ben was assigned to me as a plebe at West Point, I will always remember his uncommon qualities. He was honest, hardworking, loyal, good humored, and a fine friend. I will never forget Ben.”

Ben was born in Ohio but spent much of his childhood in the Philippines where his parents served as missionaries.

Benjamin Tiffner was killed by an IED attack on November 7th 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. He was 31 years old.

He is survived by his mother, Judith, and father, Timothy.

Benjamin’s portrait is also located on Poster 4


5 Responses to “Benjamin D Tiffner”
  1. Dillow says:

    I wear the KIA braclet of CPT Tiffner everyday and it has never came off. My father was the charley company commander at the time and was in Iraq when this happened. I never got to meet Tiffner but I’ve heard good things about him. Like him I plan to attend West Point and go through Ranger school then hopefully qualify for Green Berets. My mother attended his funeral since my dad was in Iraq. CPT Tiffner will never be forgotten. God Bless

  2. eherzberg says:

    Hi Dillow – thank you for leaving your comment about CPT Tiffner. You have some good goals. As a West Point graduate myself, i know it’s tough road but one filled with purpose. Best of luck to you.

    Eric Herzberg – Gold Star Dad
    Proud father of Marine LCPL Eric Herzberg
    KIA Al Anbar Province, 21 October 2006.

  3. jeff says:

    I was a team member of Ben’s during this attack and I will never forget that day or our time together leading to his death. Ben loved his team and he believed in our mission. Ben was a man of extraordinary faith and unknown to his team he had prayed for all of us with his mother hours before this attack. We all made it back to our families and I know Ben will be with his family again someday. Ben was a man of great character and conviction. He was an outstanding Soldier and Leader. He will always hold a special place in my memories and be truly missed.

  4. Dave says:

    Today was a Gold Star ceremony at 5th SFG (A). I had not talked to Ben’s family in a long time. Talking to his mother and father was heart warming. I am enlisted and he was an officer, but he was still one of the boys. He was not your typical officer in that regard. Ben was the best example of what an officer should be.

  5. Baker says:

    Tiffner was my PL. He had just graduated from Ranger school and met us out on a squad live fire range. This was on Fort Lewis, Washington, Charlie Company, 1/23 Infantry. Ben fit right in with the Platoon. I was a young Motivated specialist and wanted to know more about the cherry butter bar. After about 10 mins, I realized that he was good people. He was exactly how Dave from the above post writes ” not your typical officer” What more can I say. He is missed. I think about Ben all of the time. He was a great mentor and warrior. Never forgotten!

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