GERNOT BENDER
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HONORED ON PANEL 28W, LINE 32 OF THE WALL

GERNOT BENDER

WALL NAME

GERNOT BENDER

PANEL / LINE

28W/32

DATE OF BIRTH

03/02/1935

CASUALTY PROVINCE

HUA NGHIA

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/25/1969

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBUS

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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LEFT FOR GERNOT BENDER
POSTED ON 3.1.2024
POSTED BY: ANON

Greater Love Hath No Man...

than that man lay down his life for a friend."

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 6.12.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. Your Distinguished Service Cross citation attests to your bravery and devotion to your fellow soldiers. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 3.25.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross

Gernot Bender
Date of birth: 2-Mar-35
Date of death: Killed in Action
Home of record: Columbus Georgia
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Gernot Bender (ASN: RA-51414267), United States 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. Second 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.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1952 (June 3, 1969)

Action Date: 25-Mar-69

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Troop A, 3d Squadron

Regiment: 4th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 2.3.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR STAFF SERGEANT BENDER,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN ARMOR RECONNAISSANCE SPECIALIST. IT IS 2017, WHICH MAKES IT FAR TOO LONG FOR YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE.
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POSTED ON 3.25.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Gernot Bender, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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