Arthur Burton Bengen

First Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
08 April 1934 - 01 November 1969
Bellingham, Washington
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Purple Heart, USMC Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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26 Dec 2006

He was my uncle. I never knew him, but want him to be remembered. May he rest in peace.

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01 Jan 2007

Sergeant Bengen Killed in Action - First Sgt. Arthur B. Bengen son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bengen, 3700 Meridian St., was killed in Vietnam last Saturday. Sergeant Bengen died of multiple shrapnel wounds from an enemy land mine while leading a patrol in Quang Nam Province. He is the 39th man from the area to be killed in Vietnam. Sergeant Bengen was in his second tour of duty in Vietnam. He received the Army Commendation Medal for heroism in Vietnam during an ambush on 20 Oct 1964. A 1952 graduate of Bellingham High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1953. Survivors include the widow, Eva, and two children, Ronda, 12, and Arthur, 7, of San Diego; his parents, a brother, Benard W. Bengen of Bellingham; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Paul of Everett, Mrs. Tona Hamstra of Seattle, Mrs. Martha DuVall of Kirkland and Mrs. Louise Downing of Bellingham; and his grandmother, Mrs. Eda Davis, Fairmont MN.

The Bellingham Herald, Bellingham WA, Thursday, 6 Nov 1969

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21 Mar 2007

Gunny Bengen was my Platoon Commander in boot camp. I remember him well and was saddened to hear this news. Along with S/Sgt Mayfield and Sgt Sophocles we had a pretty good platoon. Gunny Bengen was a man's man and one heck of a Marine. Rest in peace, Gunny.

From one of his Boots,
Mike Presley

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Two men from the 2nd Combined Action Company were killed by a mine on 01 Nov 1969 - 1stSgt Arthur B. Bengen and Sgt Jimmie J. Butler of Bernie, Missouri. Sergeant Butler was assigned to CAP 2-4-5, while 1stSgt Bengen was with the CAP's parent unit.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 26 Dec 2006
Last updated 08/27/2007