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Check Six – 1982: MSgt Benny Goo Retires

October 13, 2021
Hawaii Air National Guard photograph

MSgt. Benjamin “Benny” M. R. Goo, Chief of the Aircrew Training Division, retired after 33 years of military service In October 1982. Goo began his military career in 1944 when he was drafted into the Army and sent to training at Camp Hood, Texas. He trained for 17 weeks as an infantry soldier. Following then went to Europe to the 3rd Army commanded by George S. Patton.

After fighting as far as Prague, Czechoslovakia, Goo was assigned as the First Sergeant for the 2913th Disciplinary Training Center in Westburg, Germany.

The Disciplinary Training Center was a jail for general court martial prisoners and war criminals. MSgt. Goo says he recalls his roommate at the time was the man in charge of hangin the more unfortunate residents of the Center.

This article continues on page 7 of the October 3, 1982 issue of the Kūkā‘ilimoku


Benny passed on November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 95 years old. His son, Charles Gooserved as a technician with the 297th Air Traffic Control Squadron. After retirement, Chuck relocated to Thailand, where he continues to live today.

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