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6th Annual Mount Vernon to Marietta 160 mile Paddle

June 18, 2022 @ 7:00 am – June 23, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
Memorial Park
160 mile paddle from Mount Vernon, Ohio to Marietta, Ohio. We would like to dedicate the 2022 paddle in honor of Army Sgt. Benjamin J. Laymon
Died June 24, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Laymon 22, of Mount Vernon, Ohio; assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; died June 24 from injuries sustained when his unit encountered enemy forces small-arms fire and an improvised explosive device which detonated during a dismounted patrol in the vicinity of Baghdad.
Benjamin was born on November 15, 1983 in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He was a 2002 graduate of Mount Vernon High School where he played varsity football. He enlisted into the Army in September 2002 and received his basic training at Fort Jackson, S. Carolina. Following basic training, he received advanced infantry training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In January 2003 he reported to Fort Hood, Texas where he was assigned to the 3 -16th attached to Task Force Ironhorse 4th Infantry Division and received his deployment orders to Iraq for his first tour of duty in March 2003. Following his tour of duty he returned to Fort Hood in March 2004. Ben was promoted to sergeant that spring and also received training on the Bradley fighting vehicle before returning for his second tour of duty in Iraq in November 2005. He was called the “Chris Farley” of his platoon and was also known to be “relentless” when doing his job.
The paddle includes five nights of camping with stops at Terry’s Tavern in Zanesville and campgrounds along the way.

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