Railroad Detective Benjamin J. Koles

Railroad Detective Benjamin J. Koles

Grand Trunk Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Monday, September 15, 1930

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Benjamin J. Koles

Railroad Detective Benjamin Koles was shot and killed while patrolling the railroad yards near Lynch Road and Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit, Michigan.

A railroad employee located his body, which was suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen, on a railroad truck.

Detective Koles was U.S. Navy veteran of WWI. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Michigan
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Detective Koles, thank you for your service in the Great War as well as in helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads. We can only hope that your murderer(s) found true justice for the crime, if not in this life, then in the next.

I am glad to see you have been remembered and memorialized here on this magnificent site.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be and always remain peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

April 25, 2017

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