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June 4, 2013 / iDriveWarships

Benfold Chief Wins Big on “The Price is Right”

FCC Roberts on "The Price is Right"

By Susan LeBron, wife of USS Benfold commanding officer, Cmdr. Richard LeBron

On April 23, several USS Benfold (DDG 65) Sailors and their spouses boarded a charter bus headed to Hollywood, Calif. for a 12-hour roundtrip adventure to CBS Studios. Our group of 50 people had an amazing time attending a taping of “The Price is Right” TV show with host Drew Carey.

The show aired June 3, and features Benfold’s own Chief Fire Controlman, Christopher Roberts who won the entire Showcase Showdown. Roberts won more than $20,000 in prizes, including a sailboat.

The crew and spouses were ecstatic and exhausted from four hours of riding in the bus, five hours of waiting in line, and the two hours of non-stop cheering and clapping during the show. We were thrilled to be able to pass a Benfold challenge coin into Drew Carey’s hand. Carey, a former Marine, even told us he was interested in coming down for a ship tour sometime. Apparently the history of service follows suit since the show’s previous host, Bob Barker, was a naval aviator during WWII.

Everyone represented the Benfold family and the Navy well—I was so proud!

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