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M. David Benson
Name M. David Benson
Gender Male
Country United States of America
Occupation Chocolatier
Father Nils Christer Benson
Mother Elli Benson
Mentioned In The Lost Experience

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Born in 1938, M. David Benson is the child of Nils Christer Benson, son of Oskar Benson, founder of Scandinavian´s revered Benson Chocolatiers.


Some would say Benson was a child of strife. His grandfather, Oskar Benson was a man of tradition. Upon learning of his son´s engagement to a woman well below his station, Oskar turned his back on Nils, cutting him from the family inheritance. Leaving Norway, with his pregnant wife, Elli, Nils established a new life in the U.S., joining the U.S. Marine Corps in December 1941. Sadly, however, Nils Benson lost his life on Omaha Beach just a few short years later.

Like many immigrants, the widowed Elli Benson, felt a strong sense of patriotism for her adopted country. Her husband had died defending America, and M. David Benson was raised to cherish his homeland.

M. David Benson served America in the Korean War and recounts the moment when he, too, discovered that chocolate ran through his veins:

The six of us were pinned down - scared witless. I knew we´d be lost if we didn't come together. So I rifled through my pack and found it -- The Benson Chocolate Bar mom had sent. They were expensive. She was poor. But once a month like clockwork, there was that care package. Six ways, I split that chocolate, and even with death staring at us in the eye, not a one of us could deny the smile on his face. It was dead midnight, but for that sweet moment, as we ate that Benson Bar, the sun came up for us all

It was in that foxhole that M. David Benson first envisioned the Apollo Bar. Less than two years later, that vision had become a reality. And, the rest, as they say, is history. (

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