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Benjamin Franklin Delamater III
Jan. 7, 1916 ó Nov. 19, 2000

Services for Benjamin Franklin Delamater III, 84, of College Station are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station.

The Rev. Benjamin Aurand of St. Thomas Episcopal Church will officiate. Burial will be in College Station City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station.

Mr. Delamater died Sunday in College Station Medical Center.

He was born in Galveston, Texas, and had lived in College Station since 1970. He attended Texas A&M College and was appointed to West Point Military Academy and graduated in 1940. He served in the U.S. Army and retired in 1970, after serving in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, the Korean War as a battalion commander and in Vietnam as the Executive Officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He retired as garrison commander and Inspector General at Fort Bragg, N.C., and received numerous decorations, including the Silver Star for bravery.

After his 30 years in the military, he taught Government, Free Enterprise and U.S. History at A&M Consolidated High School for 14 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the 12th Man and Former Students Association at Texas A&M, was a former member of the Ross Volunteers, was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, S.C.O.R.E., the Arabian Horse Club and had served as president of the Retired Officers Association. He was also a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, where he was a member of the menís Breakfast Group.

Survivors include his wife, Anna V. Delamater of College Station; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Benjamin F. IV and Elizabeth Delamater of Pflugerville, Texas, John G. Delamater of College Station and Thomas A. Delamater of Caldwell; a sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and James Keller of Hilton Head, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station.

(courtesy LaRae Cox)

Grave marker for Benjamin F. Delamater, III. in the College Station Cemetery, College Station (Brazos), TX.

Benjamin was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point. NY, Class of 1940.  A Congressional appointee, his graduate yearbook entry listed him as

"Faithful son of Texas, for four years Ben proclaimed the virtues of the Lone Star State.  As a plebe he walked his share of tours on the area and burned the midnight oil in academics.  He never said he was a brain-truster but sheer determination carried him through difficulties where others failed.  His most outstanding traits were a high sense of honor and sincere devotion to duty.  In everything, Athletics, studies, and play, he did his wholehearted utmost.  Someday Texas will reciprocate in praise."

Colonel Delamater was a veteran of WW-II with service in the 508th's Regimental Headquarters company and well as Headquarters 1st Battalion beginning as a 2nd Lieutenant and rising to Major by 1945 when he was awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead for his participation in the Holland campaign and Airborne operations

Ben was at least a 3rd generation Texan bearing the same name.  He followed in the footsteps of his father, also an army Colonel, who is buried in Bryan City, Brazos, TX.

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