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Private Ben L. Pennington | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas


Ben L. Pennington

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, October 12, 1918

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Duty related illness

Incident Date: 10/7/1918

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Ben Pennington had been a lawman for 20 years, 12 years as city marshal of Holland in Bell County, and 8 years as an elected Precinct 3 Bell County constable. On October 4, 1917, at age 56, he enlisted as a Texas Ranger private and was posted to Brewster County in far West Texas.

As Spanish Influenza killed millions throughout the world, officials in El Paso requested assistance from the Texas Rangers. Privates Pennington and Robert E. Hunt were dispatched to keep order. Both men contracted the influenza. Pennington became ill on October 7 and died on October 12. Hunt died on October 16.

Private Pennington was a well known officer and over his career had been shot 16 times and lost an eye in various gun battles. He was survived by his wife. He was buried in the Jackson Cemetery in Bell County.

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Private Robert Ernest Hunt
Texas Rangers, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 15, 1918
Cause: Duty related illness

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Pvt. Pennington,
On today, the 93rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas.


October 12, 2011


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