In Memory of
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant
Vernon Lyle Bensley
Iroquois, South Dakota
January 10, 1924 – January 9, 1945
Killed in Action in France
Vernon Lyle Bensley was born January 10, 1924, at Iroquois in Kingsbury
County, South Dakota, to Welsey and Anna Bensley. He received his education in
Iroquois and graduated as salutatorian from Iroquois High School in 1942. Before
he entered the service, Vernon attended college in Huron.
Vernon Bensley was called into service on March 17, 1943, and reported for
active duty ten days later at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was trained in Camp
Blanding, Florida; Camp Robinson, Arkansas; Camp Rucker, Alabama; and Fort
Meade, Indiana. On July 1, 1944, S/Sgt. Bensley was shipped overseas, arriving
first in Italy for six weeks. After that, he was sent to southern France.
On January 9, 1945, Staff Sergeant Vernon Bensley, Company C, 30th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division of the Seventh Army, led a
combat patrol into enemy territory near Bennwihr, France and did not return.
“The patrol encountered enemy resistance, and was forced to withdraw because of
intense automatic fire. Sergeant Bensley did not rejoin the patrol when it
re-organized, and the official government record is that he was killed in action
as of that date.”
There was a “service of commemoration” at the Methodist Church for Vernon in
Iroquois on March 17, 1946.
This entry was respectfully
submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish,
SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD
veteran’s bonus payment and by Lorna Dubbins, Iroquois.