WILLIAM O. BENNETT
Lieutenant Colonel William Bennett served as a Demolition Platoon Leader with the 507th Infantry from 1942 through 1943 at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was promoted to Captain in 1944 and entered combat during the Normandy invasion. In 1945 he was separated from service. He came on active duty in 1949 as Captain and joined the 17th Infantry in Japan. In June 1950, as Regimental Embarcation Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bennett moved with the 17th Infantry to Korea. In 1951, he was promoted to Major and assigned to Headquarters, 7th Division, where he participated in two amphibious operations. From 1953-1955, Lieutenant Colonel Bennett served as Manpower Control Officer, G1, Department of the Army, Washington, D. C. From 1956-1957 he served in Hawaii in the 27th Infantry and in Headquarters, USARPAC. Lieutenant Colonel Bennett’s decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Commendation Ribbon, and various service medals.