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Sgt Hyman "Hank" Bergman
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1919
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 2010
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Hyman "Hank" Bergman passed away unexpectedly. Hyman was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. In high school he was a baseball star who earned the nickname "Hank", because fans said he reminded them of baseball legend Hank Greenberg. With Hank pitching, he lead his baseball team from P.S. #91 to a victory over P.S. #115 to win the 1934 Baltimore City Baseball Championship. After graduating from City College, Hank played semi-pro softball for teams sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company. Later, he served honorably with the Civilian Conservation Corps; clearing swamps and building roads and highways. He also was an amateur boxer compiling a record of 9-0 (9 knockouts). Hank joined the U.S. Army during World War II. As an infantry sergeant, he served with the famed 3rd Infantry Division, the 30th Infantry Division, and was a member of the "Blue Devils" of the 88th Infantry Division. He saw combat in Africa, Europe, and the Middle-East. His campaigns included Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Appennines, and Po Valley. Hank was involved in fierce combat at Anzio Beach, Belvedere,Brenner Pass,Magnacavallo (against the 305th German Infantry),Monte Cassino, Monterumici Highway 64 sector,Palermo, Po Valley, Salerno,Sicily, Vicenza, Verona, and Volterra(against Germany's 90th Panzer Grenadier Division). On April 15, 1945, while serving with Company B, 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, Hank single-handily, under ememy machine-gun fire and a rain of German stick-grenades; armed only with a M-1 rifle, attacked and destroyed a Waffen SS MG-34 machine gun emplacement on Furcoli Ridge (Italy) which had pinned down his platoon. For his gallantry in action, he was awarded the Silver Star (The 3rd highest U.S. Army medal)
by Major General Paul W. Kendall, commanding general of the 88th Infantry Division on June 13, 1945. Hank was also awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star for exemplary conduct in ground combat against the armed enemy during the Naples-Foggia Campaign. His other military awards included the European-Africian-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Battle Stars, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II,Marksmanship Badge with rifle device,and The Cold War Recognition Certificate. Hank went on to work for the office of Social Security, and after graduating from the University of Maryland and the University of Miami, he started a career in education. Hank taught for 2-years in Baltimore and 30 years for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He taught at Mattie Ives, Central Beach, and Leroy D. Fienberg elementary schools as a 6th grade teacher. He was a 20 year member of the United Teachers of Dade, and went on to earn a Master's and a Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University. Hank was also a 30-year member of the Miami Beach Chess Club and on May 11, 1968 in an exhibition match, he defeated American Chess Champion Anthony Santasiere. Santasiere held a victory over world champion Bobby Fischer. Hank Bergman spent his life serving his country and his community. He will always be in the hearts and minds of those who loved him. Predeceased by his mother Fannie Bloom. Survived by his loving wife Annie, his devoted son Sherman, his nephew Harvey Steckler, his grand-nephew Josh Bilder,his nieces Sharon Steckler, Emily, Cherly, and Helene Sterling, many cousins and friends. Private military services were held by Riverside Gordon. Hank was entombed at Lakeside Gordon Memorial Park.

Lakeside Memorial Park
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
Created by: K
Record added: Nov 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81131823
Sgt Hyman Hank Bergman
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Sgt Hyman Hank Bergman
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Sgt Hyman Hank Bergman
Added by: David Epstein
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Hank Bergman's avocation was chess. In the 1960s, he became an avid player and was a 30 year member of the Miami Beach Chess Club.
- elarpe
 Added: Jul. 9, 2013
Sgt. Hyman" Hank" Bergman, U.S. Army, Infantry was a true American hero. Without regard for his own safety, he single-handily destroyed an enemy machine gun position which had pinned down his platoon in Italy during World War II. Rest in peace.
- David Epstein
 Added: Jan. 24, 2012

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