Friday, July 29, 2016

PFC Clarence J Benton

PFC Clarence J. Benton was born 8 Aug 1919 in Union City, Pennsylvania to Frank Clyde and Ivy Wilhelmina (Strickland) Benton.  His father had served in the Army from 29 Oct 1913 and during the first World War in Machine Gun Company 10th Infantry and worked in a chemical factory shortly after Clarence was born. His parents divorced in 1926 and both remarried. Clarence had a total of 5 siblings.  Clarence lived with his mother and step-father, graduated from high school and attended 1-year of college. He worked as a salesman.

In February 1942 Clarence was drafted.  He was shipped overseas in October 1942.  He was assigned to B Company 116th Infantry on D-Day.  He may have been wounded on 20 June when he was thought to be missing in action but he is recorded as having died of wounds on 29 Jul 1944.

PFC Benton rests forever in the Evergreen Cemetery in Union City, Pennsylvania. 

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