In Memory of
Army Second Lieutenant
John A. Bengen
Big Stone City, South Dakota
Grant County
September 18, 1916 - May 25, 1944
Died of Wounds Received at Anzio Beachhead, Italy

John A. Bengen

John Bengen was born September 18, 1916, in Big Stone City to his parents, Mrs. and Mr. Henry Bengen. John had four sisters and one brother. He went to area schools and graduated from Big Stone City High School in 1935.  He married Anne Tuchscherer of Milbank, SD, in 1942 in Bordontown, New Jersey.

On February 21, 1941, John Bengen entered the Army and was sent overseas on April 29, 1942. First stationed in Ireland, Lt. Bengen next saw duty in Scotland and then was part of the invasion forces in Africa on November 8, 1942, and then fought on through the entire African campaign. After that Lt. Bengen took part in the invasion of Italy. In March of 1944, he engaged in battle at Anzio Beachhead, at which time he received a field commission to second lieutenant. Lt. John Bengen, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, was wounded on May 24, 1944, and died a day later.

Lt. Bengen is buried at Plot I, Row 15, Grave 8, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Lauren Schempf, Dustin Trowbridge, and Colan Kellogg, Eighth Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, December 5, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Julia Marie Utley, Graceville, Minnesota.