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Benjamin, Gilbert G., Jr. (1918-) | Special Collections & Archives

Name: Benjamin, Gilbert G., Jr. (1918-)

Historical Note:

Mr. Gilbert G. Benjamin was born in Iowa City, Iowa on 17 October 1918. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1926, when his father became a member of the History Department at the University of Southern California (USC). Gilbert Benjamin attended 24th Street Elementary School, Mt. Vernon Junior High and Los Angeles High School. Upon completion of his secondary education he entered the University of Southern California.

After graduating from USC, he became employed by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation as an investigator in their Personnel Department. During World War II, Mr. Benjamin served in the United States Navy from 1944 until the end of the war. After returning from military service, Mr. Benjamin applied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and became a Special Agent in 1946. Between 1946 and 1956 he served in Virginia and the District of Columbia. During his tour in the District of Columbia office, he was assigned duties in the Domestic Intelligence Division.

In 1957, Mr. Benjamin was transferred to the Los Angeles field office. The majority of his service while in Los Angeles was in the area of Domestic Intelligence. The material on subversive activities contained in the Gilbert G. Benjamin Collection was collected while on duty in Los Angeles “either by personal contact or through informants.” The McCarthy Hearings material and related HUAC printed government documents were mailed to Mr. Benjamin periodically by associates in the FBI during the time of the hearings.

Sources: Letter from Mrs. Ruth S. Benjamin to the Urban Archives Center, 4 December 1995.

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