Dedication on Fort Benning honors selfless soldiers -, GA News Weather & Sports

Dedication on Fort Benning honors selfless soldiers


Captain Weldon Wilson, Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers, Master Sergeant Robert Tedford, Staff Sergeant Erwin Becker, Staff Sergeant James Matteson, and Specialist Travis Babbitt all served in the Army at different times.

However, each of these soldiers showed a sense of selflessness in order to protect others.

That is why a crowd from the 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment gathered Friday on Fort Benning to dedicate six buildings to these soldiers and honor their families.

"Whatever he did, he always did it with all his might," said Thelma Rivers Jackson, SSG Ruben Rivers' older sister.

Jackson and her family traveled from Oklahoma to see the dedication to her younger brother, who was killed during World War II. He is one of seven African American soldiers awarded the Medal of Honor for his service.

"He was totally committed to the cause of defending this country and what was right, and I am very proud of him. We all are," said Reujena Grimes, Rivers' niece.

SPC Travis Babbitt is credited for saving the lives of six fellow soldiers while sacrificing his life during an attack when he was deployed in Iraq in 2004.

His family members, who live in Texas, say they are honored his story will now be a reminder to other soldiers as they walk by every day.

"Even though he's not here, he still accomplished what he wanted to, he's also doing something greater and he's not even here," said his wife Anita Babbitt. "So, that alone is...and my kids get to experience that. That was their father so I'm really just overjoyed."

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