Family, friends, staff and fellow soldiers gathered in the Chapel of St. Ignatius this morning to honor a hero. Fr. Steve Sundborg and Lt. Col. Eric Farquharson spoke of Robert Bennedsen’s bravery and courage before a final roll call and Taps played.
Military officials unveiled a portrait and plaque of Bennedsen in the Hall of Valor after the chapel service, making him the first since the Vietnam War. The Hall, located in the ROTC building, represents other Seattle University graduates killed in war.
Bennedsen died just three weeks into his first tour of duty in Afghanistan in July. A Vashon Island native, the 25-year-old died as a result of a roadside bomb as he helped a vehicle damaged from a prior IED.
Bennedsen graduated from Seattle U’s Albers School of Business in 2008.