We are dedicated to promoting the legacy of the brave men of color of the 54th Regiment who served country and commonwealth in the US Army during the Civil War to preserve the Union and make the ideal of American liberty a reality for all. We also work to communicate the story of the Regiment as an exceptional part of Boston's African American history and to remain a source of pride for the Hyde Park/Readville neighborhood - the site of Camp Meigs and the Regiment's spiritual home.
It is with much sadness that we share the sad news that our good friend Benny White Senior passed away on July 4th 2020. He was the leader of Company A's 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He was the driving force, the heart, and the soul of the company. May he rest in peace. More details will be published as they become available.
Benny White (Leading the Charge)
Benny Fess White, 75, husband of Deborah, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on July 4, 2020, at his home in Mattapan, MA. Born August 11, 1944, in Boston, MA, Benny was the fifth child of the late Mary E. White and Benny White. Benny grew up in the Mission Hill area of Boston and graduated from Boston Technical High School. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps at age 18, where he served 4 years of active duty with the 3rd Marine Air Wing at El Toro, CA, and would later marry Linda White of Los Angeles, where his two eldest children were born. Upon his return to Massachusetts, his youngest child was born. Benny attended East Coast Aerotech, where Xerox recruited him, and he retired after a 20+ year career as a technician. Embracing the Marine motto of "Semper Fi," Benny also continued to serve as a Marine Reservist for several years at Weymouth Naval Air Station. Benny was a very active and well-respected member of the Boston community. He supported and often held leadership positions in numerous civic and service organizations to include the William E. Carter American Legion Post No. 16, the Prince Hall Masons and the “60+ Veterans Group”. In accordance with his belief in character development and leadership, he served as the Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 372. Most notably he was the founder and late commander of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, Company A. He served as the unit’s 1st Sergeant and was later promoted to command as 1st Lieutenant. He proudly led the unit in both of President Barack Obama's Inaugural Parades in January 2009 and 2013. He was instrumental in inspiring the re-activation of the 54th Regiment within the Massachusetts National Guard and for his outstanding service to the Army, he was presented the “Army Commanders Award for Civilian Service” in 2012. Benny leaves to mourn his devoted wife and children: Benny White Jr. (Linda) and Anthony White (Monica) of California; Antonio Greene (Donna) and Lindsey Gaudet (Daniel) of North Carolina. He also leaves a sister, Loretta Brooks of Virginia, and brothers Deric White (Shannon) of Connecticut; Marco White Sr. (Eileen) of Mattapan, and Isidore White of Boston. He also is survived by 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends. Benny was preceded in death by his eldest sister Jeanette Slater and elder brother Donald White. In recognition of his exceptional devotion to Commonwealth and country, he has been promoted to the rank of Captain, Company A, 54th Regiment by authority of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts.
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