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Sgt Gernot Bender
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1935
Death: Mar. 25, 1969, Vietnam

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SSG Gernot Bender


SSG, Troop A, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, Vietnam

Vietnam Memorial
Panel 28W, Line 032

From Columbus, Georgia

Many thanks to David Olsen and John Moore for providing the cemetery information and John for posting the photograph of this hero.

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gernot Bender, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop A, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. Staff Sergeant Bender distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 25 March 1969 in Hau Nghai Province on a mission to engage an enemy force which had ambushed the Dau Tieng convoy. Reaching the ambush site, his troop found the aggressors had moved to a new hiding place, and the squadron and troop commander had advanced alone to reconnoiter. When firing was heard, Sergeant Bender immediately drove his tank to the aid of the two officers. Seeing that they were pinned down by a machine gun bunker, he silenced the emplacement with his main gun and then spearheaded an assault as the rest of his unit followed. Intense hostile fire wounded several men and a rocket-propelled grenade scored a direct hit on an armored personnel carrier. Sergeant Bender moved to secure the carrier and provide covering fire while the casualties were rescued, throwing grenades and firing his rifle after his vehicle's weapons became inoperative. He then pulled back to a defensive position where he placed suppressive fire during the evacuation of the wounded, re-supplied his element with ammunition, and repaired his weapons which had malfunctioned. As his troop again moved forward, he assaulted a machine gun bunker, destroying it and killing its occupants, and then engaged and destroyed a rocket-propelled grenade team that exposed itself to fire on one of the carriers. Seconds later his vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, seriously wounding him in the leg. Ignoring his wounds, he continued to fight, thus allowing the lesser wounded to be evacuated to safety. Soon Sergeant Bender collapsed as his own injuries proved fatal. Staff Sergeant Bender's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army
Alter Friedhof
Gießener Landkreis
Hessen, Germany
Maintained by: David Olsen
Originally Created by: Robert Fowler
Record added: Aug 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57859561
Sgt Gernot Bender
Added by: John Moore
Sgt Gernot Bender
Added by: Robert Fowler
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- Sheila Cole Deinhart
 Added: Apr. 16, 2016

 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
May his sacrifice not be forgotten.
- Billy M. Brown
 Added: Feb. 11, 2014
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