Bennear, Robert B., PFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
641-Field Lineman
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 641, 89th Infantry Division
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private First Class


One Service Stripe



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Thomas
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Nov 14, 1999
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961


 Unofficial Badges 






 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ROBERT B. BENNEAR WORKED AS A TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH REPAIRMAN BEFORE ENTERING THE SERVICE ON 3 AUGUST 1942. HE SERVED IN EUROPE WITH HEADQUARTERS COMPANY 354TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 89TH INFANTRY DIVISION FROM 21 JANUARY 1945 TO 14 DECEMBER 1945. AFTER RETURNING STATESIDE PFC BENNEAR WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED ON 28 DECEMBER 1945 AT FORT MEADE MARYLAND. ROBERT B. BENNEAR PASSED AWAY ON 14 NOVEMBER 1999 AT LAKELAND FLORIDA.
   
Other Comments:

I WAS UNABLE TO FIND A CITATION FOR PFC BENNEAR'S SILVER STAR BUT THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE ON THE 89TH'S WEBSITE MAY GIVE SOME INSIGHT.

During the morning a Regimental wire crew, working along the west bank of the Rhine, was subjected to heavy enemy machine gun and 20mm fire which forced them to take cover in a cave. Pfc. Robert B. Bennear, Regimental Hq Co., the crew's driver, heard a call for help from two wounded men who had drifted ashore. He left the cave and went down to the shore to the men amid a hail of enemy fire. One by one he carried them to his quarter ton truck and drove them a mile along a fire-swept road that bordered the river to the 1st Battalion aid station. Then he drove back over the same hazardous route to return to his crew in their cave.

- FROM THE 89TH INFANTRY DIVISION WEBSITE

THE FULL ARTICLE-

http://www.89infdivww2.org/memories/354_14.htm

   

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Driver-W
Rifle
Carbine

 
 Unit Assignments
89th Infantry Division
  1942-1945, 641, 89th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
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