Bender, Stanley, S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1941-1945, 745, 7th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1939 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
3rd Infantry Division Certificate

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1909
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Carlisle, West Virginia
Last Address
Oak Hill, West Virginia

Date of Passing
Jun 22, 1994
 
Location of Interment
High Lawn Memorial Park - Oak Hill, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section A, Lot 360, Grave 7

 Official Badges 

3rd Infantry Division Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II French Fourragere




 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1945, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1945, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Serial Number: 06920404 
After the war, Bender returned to West Virginia and worked for the Veterans Administration in Beckley, West Virginia
Stanley Bender’s heroic actions on August 17, 1944, would earn him the Medal of Honor. Bender was born in Fayette County West Virginia in 1909, the son of a coal miner and Russian immigrant. His family moved to Chicago in 1930, and Bender enlisted in the Army in 1939.

During World War II, he saw action in North Africa and Italy. Following the Normandy invasion, the Allies were pushing eastward across France toward Germany. On August 17, 1944,  Bender’s company encountered a German force near La Lande in southern France.  Bender rushed through intense fire from German machine guns and grenades. He knocked out two German machine guns with rifle fire and inspired the rest of his company to take out a German roadblock. All told, Bender’s company killed 37 enemy soldiers and captured 26 prisoners that dayFor his heroism, he was awarded the Medal of Honor in early 1945. After the war, Bender returned to West Virginia and worked for the Veterans Administration in Beckley. He died in 1994 at age 84.  A bridge on the West Virginia Turnpike(I-77) in Fayette County iwas named in Stanley Bender’s honor.  After construction of a new road on I-77(West Virginia Turnpike) at The Memorial Tunnel, that bridge was abandoned and demolished.

   
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Additional Obituary:
Stanley Bender, 85, a highly decorated and publicized hero of World War II who won the Medal of Honor for knocking out two German machine-gun nests.  Bender was an Army staff sergeant when, two months after the June, 1944, Normandy invasion, he stormed through a rain of bullets and grenades to take out the machine-gunners. His actions were credited with inspiring his troops to overwhelm the occupied town of La Londe, France. Bender also was awarded France’s highest award, the Croix de Guerre, as well as the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and seven battle stars. Two bridges on the West Virginia Turnpike were named in his honor, the first in 1954, and the second in 1987.  Passed away in Oak Hill, West Virgina on Wednesday of cancer.
   
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WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
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June / 1944
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July / 1944

Description
(Normandy Campaign 6 June to 24 July 1944) Early on D-Day airborne troops landed in France to gain control of strategic areas. Aerial and naval bombardment followed. Then the invasion fleet, covered by an umbrella of aircraft, discharged Eisenhower’s assault forces. Soon the beachhead was secure, but its expansion was a slow and difficult process in the face of strong opposition. It was not until late in July that the Allies were able to break out of Normandy.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
June / 1944
To Month/Year
July / 1944
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

HHC, 899th Tank Battalion

287th Military Police Company

1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment

214th Military Police Company, 231st Military Police Battalion

21st Military Police Company (Airborne)

5th Military Police Battalion (CID)

230th Military Police Company

218th Military Police Company

401st Military Police Company

11th Military Police Battalion (CID)

92nd Military Police Company

4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment

518th Military Police Battalion

644th Tank Destroyer Battalion

A Battery, 26th Field Artillery

783d Military Police Battalion

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  • Allworth, Edward A., 2LT, (1941-1945)
  • Amerman, Walter G., CPT
  • Asher, LD, LTC, (1936-1960)
  • Austin, John, S/Sgt, (1943-1945)
  • Bahlau, Frederick Arthur, 1LT, (1942-1945)
  • Bald Eagle, David William, Sgt, (1936-1944)
  • Battaglia, John, Pvt, (1942-1945)
  • Beck, Carl, M/Sgt, (1942-1963)
  • Belan, Elmer, T/5, (1943-1948)
  • Bilodeau, Francis Waterhouse, PFC, (1941-1946)
  • Black, Eric, 1LT, (1941-1945)
  • Blansfield, James Julian, PFC, (1941-1945)
  • Blunt, Arthur, 1LT, (1939-1946)
  • Bolling, Alexander Russell, MG, (1939-1973)
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