In Memory of
United States Navy Reserve Ensign
Millard MacDonald Bennett
Canton, South Dakota
July 25, 1915 --March 16, 1943
Killed in Plane Crash in Pensacola, Florida\
Millard M. Bennett was born
to Claude A. and Irene M. Bennett on July 25, 1915 in Fort Pierre, South
Dakota. The family moved to Canton, South Dakota, where Millard graduated from
high school in 1933. That fall, he entered Yankton College, and in December,
enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard. He was honorably discharged in
1937. After graduating in 1937, Millard entered George Washington University in
Washington, DC, and completed his law course. He was subsequently admitted to
the South Dakota State Bar Association.
Millard Bennett enlisted in the United States Naval
Reserve as Seaman second class in September 1941. He was transferred to the
Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida, in April 1942. Seaman Bennett
terminated his enlistment to accept an appointment as an aviation cadet. On
October 14, 1942, Millard M. Bennett won his “Wings of Gold”, and was
commissioned an ensign in the naval reserve. He reported to active duty as a
flight instructor at Pensacola, Florida. On October 18, 1942, Ensign Bennett
married Miss Lucy Louise Davis, in Washington, DC.
US Naval Reserve Ensign Millard M. Bennett died on March
16, 1943 in Pensacola, while on a student flight trip. The plane crashed,
killing both the student and instructor. Ensign Bennett’s wife and father
established a scholarship in his honor to be distributed by their alma mater,
This entry was
respectfully submitted by John Swenson, Mike Block, Andrew Brower, Josh Scott,
Jason Hussmann, David Ducheneaux, Jostein Reiners, and Erik Fossum of Canton
High School, Canton, South Dakota, and subsequently edited and revised by Mrs.
Shirley Swanson, Fort Pierre, South Dakota.