PFC Jesse L. Bentley was born in Craighead County, Arkansas in 1918 to Carlie Smith and Amanda (Doolin) Bentley. His father worked in a lumber mill and farmed. In 1940, Jesse was driving a truck and reported income of $432 for 1939.
Drafted in January 1942, Jesse was eventually sent overseas. On 16 Jun 1944 he was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry. He was killed in action on 6 Aug 1944 near Vire.
PFC Bentley is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.