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Kevin Benderman
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Sgt Benderman (in dress uniform) at his 2005 trial
Born 1964
Place of birth Alabama
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1987-1991
Rank Private
Unit 4th Infantry Division
3rd Infantry Division
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Army Commendation Medal (2)
Army Achievement Medal (4)
Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2)

Kevin Benderman (born 1964) was born and raised in Alabama. He held the rank of Sergeant and was a mechanic (MOS 63M) in the United States Army. Kevin Benderman first enlisted in the Army in 1987[1] and served until 1991 when he accepted his discharge; however, nine years later in 2000 he chose to reenlist. Benderman was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on July 9, 2002 and served in Iraq from March 2003 until September 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division. He was awarded two Army Commendation medals for his actions in Iraq. In late 2003 Sergeant Benderman was transferred from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Stewart, Georgia and was assigned to the Third Infantry Division. When told that he would be returning to Iraq he first applied as a conscientious objector in December 2004 but his application was rejected. It was around this same time he was passed over for promotion to Staff Sergeant. He then refused to deploy with his unit and was court-martialed in July 2005; following a conviction, he was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment, demoted to the rank of private, and given a dishonorable discharge.[2] The dishonorable discharge was upgraded to a bad conduct discharge by the United States Army in 2008.[3]


Benderman was initially going to be charged with:

  • Disloyal Statements, and
  • Disrespecting a Commissioned Superior Officer

The charges against him include:

  • Missing Movement by Design, and
  • Desertion with the Intent to Avoid Hazardous Duty.

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