June 1, 1920 (Circleville, WV) – November 30, 1944; 24 years old
Married to the former Edna Allen (1920-2001), 568 South Compo Road, Westport on May 11, 1940 Two sons Wayne Jr. (1941-2015) and Gary (1942-present).
Last local address: 208 Fairview Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted April 22, 1944
Service number: 35834442
104TH INFANTRY DIVISION (TIMBERWOLVES), 413TH REGIMENT
Home address was Akron, Ohio when he enlisted on April 22, 1944. Officially listed as an Ohio resident when KIA. Died just 7 months after enlistment.
From facesbeyondthegraves.com about 104th Infantry in November 1944: “On 16 November the 104th attacked, taking Stolberg and pushing on against heavy resistance. Eschweiler fell on the 21st and the enemy was cleared from the area west of the Inde River, including Inden, by 2 December. Lucherberg was held against enemy counterattacks on 3 December, and all strongholds west of the Roer (Ruhr) River were captured by the 23rd.”
From The Bridgeport Post, December 9, 1944
The body of Pvt. Wayne Bennett, 208 Fairview Avenue, who was killed in Germany Nov. 30, 1944 while serving in Aachen with the 104th (Timberwolf) division, will be returned here Wednesday on the 12:23 p.m. train, and escorted to the Magner funeral home, 12 Mott Avenue, by the White Fleet committee of veteran organizations. Services will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. James N. Zeigler, pastor of the Community Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in the American Legion plot, Riverside cemetery. Pvt. Bennett is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edna Bennett of Norwalk; and two sons, Wayne Jr., and Gary.
Private Bennett was reinterred to Riverside Cemetery in 1947 from overseas; Section 11, Plot 1.