In Memory of
Army Staff Sergeant
Arthur O. Bentson
Howard, South Dakota
Miner County
December 6, 1943 – January 15, 1945
Killed in Action over in Belgium

Arthur O. Bentson

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. Arthur Bentson.

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.