Stanley Bender

Stanley Bender

Birth
Carlisle, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
Death 22 Jun 1994 (aged 84)
Oak Hill, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Oak Hill, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
Plot Section A, Lot 360, Grave 7
Memorial ID 7190235 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was in the United States Army and served as a Staff Sergeant in Company E, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on August 17, 1944 at La Lande, France. His citation reads in part "He walked deliberately a distance of 40 yards, without cover, in full view of the Germans and under a hail of both enemy and friendly fire, to the first machine gun and knocked it out with a single short burst. Then he made his way through the strongpoint, despite bursting hand grenades, toward the second machine gun, 25 yards distant, whose two-man crew swung the machine gun around and fired two bursts at him, but he walked clamly through the fire and, reaching the edge of the emplacement, dispatched the crew. Signaling his men to rush the rifle pits, he then walked 35 yards further to kill an enemy rifleman and returned to lead his squad in the destruction of the eight remaining Germans in the strongpoint. His audacity so inspired the remainder of the assault company that the men charged out of their positions, shouting and yelling, to overpower the enemy roadblock and sweep into town, knocking out two antitank guns, killing 37 Germans and capturing 26 others. He had sparked and led the assault company in an attack which overwhelmed the enemy, destroying a road block, taking a town, seizing intact three bridges over the Maravenne River, and capturing commanding terran which dominated the area."

Bio by: Don Morfe


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Medal of Honor
Sgt US Army
World War II


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 17 Feb 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7190235
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Stanley Bender (31 Oct 1909–22 Jun 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7190235, citing High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .