In Memory of
Army Staff Sergeant
Arthur O. Bentson
Howard, South Dakota
December 6, 1943 – January 15, 1945
Killed in Action over in
Arthur Bentson was born to
Carl and Marie Bentson at Howard, South Dakota, on December 6, 1923. In January
he was baptized at Belleview Lutheran Church. He received his schooling in
Howard Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1942. Arthur was “well
known” and “was prominent in athletics.” Arthur was enrolled at South Dakota
State College when he enlisted in the service. At some point, Arthur’s family
moved to Bremerton, Washington.
Arthur Bentson joined the service March 27, 1943, and
received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri before going
overseas on October 14, 1944, stationed at first in England.
Army Staff Sergeant Arthur Bentson, 391st
Infantry Regiment, 75th Infantry Division, was killed in action while
he was fighting in Belgium on January 15, 1945, and was buried at Plot C, Row
16, Grave 55, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.
A memorial service was held in Bentson’s hometown of
Howard on Sunday, March 18, 1945. Army Staff Sergeant Arthur Bentson was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for “sacrificing his life in the defense
of his country.”
I will remember the service and sacrifice of Staff Sgt.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Jason H. Schoon, 8th Grade West, Spearfish
Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 3, 2000. Information for this
entry was provided by newspaper clippings.