|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 2005|
☆☆☆～ World War II Veteran ～☆☆☆
Morning Call, The (Allentown, PA) - June 9, 2005
Sheldon B. Sam Benscoter, 84, formerly of Macungie and S. 11th Street, Allentown, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, in his home, with his wife, Marilyn (Glass) Fatzinger Benscoter, by his side. Born in East Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe), he was the son of the late Fred and Mary (Burke) Benscoter. Educated in East Mauch Chunk public schools, he graduated in 1938, served as class president and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was employed as a machine hand by Bethlehem Steel Corp. before enlisting in the Army as an aviation cadet in November of 1942. Trained as a bombardier/navigator, he was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in April, 1944. He was then sent overseas as a crewman for a B-24 Liberator and began flying combat missions in October. On April 8, 1945, during his 42nd mission, his plane was shot down while attacking a railroad bridge in northern Italy. He was immediately taken prisoner by German troops and held in Stalag VII-A, Moosburg, Germany. Liberated by Pattons Army, he was finally returned to the states in June of 1945 as a 1st lieutenant. He was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, European Theatre of Operations Medal with five battle stars, American Campaign Medal and World War II Medal. He graduated from Muhlenburg College, class of 1949, with a B.A. degree. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and Phi Alpha Theta History fraternities. He was employed for 35 years by the Call-Chronicle Newspapers. He began his career as a reporter, advancing to National Editor for both The Morning Call and Evening Chronicle before retiring in 1984. After retiring, he and his wife, Marilyn Glass Fatzinger, were fortunate enough to take vacations to Italy, Germany and Africa, and several in the states. He played a key roll in creating the 12th Ward Citizens Association and at the request of Mayor Joseph Daddona, assisted in organizing the Community of Neighborhood Organizations, a blanket organization for all of the citys neighborhood groups. Moving to Macungie, he helped form the Concerned East Penn Taxpayers Association and assisted in publishing their newsletter. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served in many capacities at St. Marks, Jim Thorpe, The Mediator, Allentown, and St. Stephens, Whitehall. He was affiliated with the American Ex-Prisoners of War and the IWSA (I was shot at), an area group of former Air Force combat veterans. He was a member of Dolan, Jones, Martino American Legion Post 304, Jim Thorpe.
Survivors: Wife; daughter, Donna and her husband Dr. Mark Conner of New Tripoli; son, Randy Fatzinger and his wife Sharon (Pica); grandchildren, Alison, Christopher, Zachary, Benjamin. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Betty Benscoter.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 3900 Mechanicsville Rd., Whitehall. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton streets, Allentown.
Frederick Jay Benscoter (1890 - 1953)
Anna Maria Burke Benscoter (1886 - 1975)
Elizabeth Audrey Benscoter (1916 - 1998)*
Sheldon Burke Benscoter (1921 - 2005)
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Record added: Mar 15, 2011
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