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My father, Sergeant Major Huelet L. "Joe" Benner, was born in Paragould in 1917. His grandfather, John L. Benner, moved there in 1905 from Carmi, IL, with his six living children (Heulet, Cecil, Elvis, Sammie, Flora, and Ettie).
 
My father should be considered one of the notable persons from Paragould. Below, I have briefly listed some of his accomplishments:
 
1952 Olympic Gold Medal - Free Pistol Champion;
Three World Championship Gold Medals;
Six-time U.S. National Pistol Champion;
Fifteen-time U.S. Army Pistol Champion;
Pistol coach at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY  (1953-1963);
Twenty-five International Shooting Medals (13 Gold, 6 Silver, and 6 Bronze);
Member of three Olympic Teams (1948, 1952, and 1956);
1940 Awarded U.S. Army Distinguished Pistol Medal;
1953 Awarded U.S. Distinguished International Shooting Medal;
1993 Inducted into the U.S. International Shooting Hall of Fame. 

Mike Benner
Brooksville, FL