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