Rank: SMSgt (R)
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Louis Benavides, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 at the age of 85 at his home in Round Rock, Texas, surrounded by loved ones. Louis was laid to rest at Ft Sam Houston Cemetery on 07 December 2017.
Louis was a career senior non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, a Master Parachutist and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He lived at Round Rock, TX for many years after his military retirement.
His CCT assignments were: Sewart, Pope, Evereux, Forbes, Okinawa, Viet Nam and McGuire. Noteworthy is the fact that he was the Air Force Association Outstanding Airman of the Year for 1969.
His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and bronze oak leaf cluster, Air medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze service stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 3 Bronze oak leaf clusters, United States Air Force Non-Commissioned Office Academy Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He is survived by his wife Maxine and children Sandra, Stan and Rebecca, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.