Haymon in November 2016
|Birth:||8 November 1909|
McKamie, Arkansas, United States
|Death:||18 December 2019|
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
|Age:||110 years, 40 days|
Haymon was born in McKamie, Arkansas, United States, on 8 November 1909. He was born in a farming family, and grew up in McKamie. In 1941, he joined the Army, seven months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a cook, he served in Port Moresby, Australia, before a reassignment to New Hebrides (now called Vanuatu), with the 159th Port Company. Haymon said his first humbling experience was seeing the destroyed USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, as well as the other damage done by the Japanese. He received an honorable discharge after the war and got a job in a Garland County lumber factory, where he worked for four decades. Haymon married twice, and had two sons and two daughters, including Jeffery (aged 55 in 2016).
In 1970s, he had a colorectal cancer. He retired in the 1980s only after his son approached a human resources worker at the factory. The factory retired him within a week. Until 2012, he lived independently, and he drove his car until moving into a nursing home at the age of 102. In November 2019, he celebrated his 110th birthday.
Haymon died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA on 18 December 2019 at the age of 110 years, 40 days.
- Something in water for 106-year-old vet Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 6 November 2016
- Ben Haymon, World War II Veteran and Birthday Boy is 108 This Year! Tribute of Life Foundation, 2017
- 110th birthday Facebook, 8 November 2019
- Death mention Magnolia Banner News, 26 December 2019