Marco Benz Descendant of First Gas Automobile Inventor Karl Benz of Mercedes-Benz Joins the U.S. Army

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Marco Allen Benz a descendant of Karl Benz (inventor of automobile Mercedes Benz) joins the United States Army to defend the United States against terrorism and to assist in a democratic Iraq and Afghanistan for the people of their nation.

Marco Allen Benz is a descendant of Karl Benz, the German automobile engineer who is regarded as the inventor of the gasoline-powered automobile.

Marco Allen Benz was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 20th 1986, to Douglas Benz and Ursula Böhler. As a young man in high school, Marco worked as a lumberyard Foreman. He graduated from McCluer North high school on June 7, 2005.

Marco always took an interest in American Foreign Policy and decided that he wanted to help his nation in the most direct way he can as a young man. He wanted to help the United States against terrorism worldwide.

Marco enlisted in the United States Army on November 16, 2004, and chose a 4-year Active-Duty obligation. His parents were supportive of his decision and the rest of the extended Benz family.

His family has a long military tradition from his German roots and American roots. His Grandfather Emil Benz served in the Pacific theater of operations during World War II and his Uncle Emil Benz Jr. served during the Vietnam War assisting the South Vietnamese to defend their nation against Communist North Vietnam.

Marco has a love for history and knowledge and he feels that there our certain similarities with how the Viet Cong guerrillas during the Vietnam War and the Islamic terrorists that are terrorizing the civilian population in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world to stop peace, order, stability and democracy. He feels that they are using their minority ideals to oppress the free will of people. He is very patriotic and proud to be a member of the United States Army defending our nation and helping to spread Democracy.

Since joining the United States Army, Marco reported to active duty on August 23, 2005 for Basic Training and Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. At the conclusion of Infantry Training Benz, he was awarded the Army Physical Fitness Badge for Excellence and promoted to Private E-2, on the recommendation of Drill Sergeant Ortiz.

Marco graduated from Delta Company 2nd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment on December 9, 2005 and has orders to report to United States Airborne School on January 9, 2006. Afterwards he then reports to Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) and upon completion will then report to a Ranger Battalion in the United States Army.

Marco Benz personifies what the U.S. Army is looking for in a soldier. He is the epitome of the Warrior Ethos - I will always place the mission first; I will never accept defeat; I will never quit; I will never leave a fallen comrade. The story of this soldier and others like him shows his noble selfless service to our nation. Over the past 16 weeks of training, he has set the example of good judgment, honesty, integrity and I am proud that I am serving with Marco Benz who is a quintessence American, stated by his Executive Officer of Delta Company 2nd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment Captain James Van Thach.

Marco advice for any young men and women his age who are considering the military as a career feels that there are plenty of educational benefits like the G.I. Bill, Army Educational Program (Army EU) and pride in defending the United States against terrorism. Marco stated, "I feel that the love and compassion of the American people everyday when I wear my uniform and receive smiles and appreciative words."

Marco also commented, "That currently peace can only be accomplished with an honest broker not with Terrorist attacks. For our nation, young people need to become more involved in our governmental process because they need direction in their life and the U.S. Army is the place to grow. The military is a great extended family that will only benefit our future."

Marco further stated, "I feel that being a descendant of the inventor of the automobile Karl Benz holds great strength and admiration and I want to become an asset to society." Since a young age, Marco's family told him of the great challenges that was necessary for him to uphold the family tradition and work as vigorously to give back to society.

Marco has a bright future ahead of him and once he completes his 4-year Active Duty obligation with the United States Army, he will enroll into college because he feels "That Benz is not just a car to me it is my motivation for success."


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