Information sought on Johnstonville soldier killed in Italy during WWII
Bennett attended Chico State from 1939 through 1942, but left as a junior to join the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He became a bombardier with the United States Army Air Corps and died in Italy on May 22, 1944.
Bennett had a married sister named Mille Besort.
Abby Backstrom, at CSU, Chico, majoring in business will graduate in May and pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the fall.
But for 10 days in June Backstrom will visit the Florence American Cemetery and Bennett’s grave.
The visit is part of a service project sponsored in part by the California Kids to Kids, a non-profit service company founded by CSU, Chico Professor Ted Kromer.
Backstrom called her visit to Italy “a positive thing.”
She said it was good to remember veterans from wars past because “we’re in a war right now.”
Backstrom hopes to find a picture of Bennett from a LHS yearbook and maybe even a service photo of the fallen aviator.
She’d also like to discover information about Bennett and his family.
Backstrom can be reached at email@example.com.
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