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Jakarta Post

In memoriam: George Benson: a true friend of Indonesia

  • <B>Jusuf Wanandi</B>

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 17 2008   /  04:52 pm

George Benson, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army, died in Washington D.C. on Dec. 16, 2007. He was a true friend of Indonesia who dedicated most of his life to promoting Indonesia-U.S. relations, and encouraging friendships between Indonesians and Americans. During his military career he served three times in Indonesia, first as an army attache in the late 1950s when he met then Col. Achmad Yani, an encounter that blossomed into a life-long friendship. On his second tour a few years later, George served as a liaison officer for the Military Advisory Group during the early days of the Soeharto presidency; and he came back to Indonesia as the defense attache at the U.S. Embassy in the 1970s. George was awarded two medals of honor by the government of Indonesia in appreciation of his fine services in promoting bilateral relations between Indonesia and the U.S. Upon his retirement fr...