SERGEANT PHILIP ADALARD BONENFANT; U.S. ARMY

February 3, 1912 (Saint-Philippe, Quebec, Canada) – November 8, 1991 (Norwalk, CT); 79 years old
Married Mavis Reed (1917-2002) on March 2, 1935 in Groveton, NH; divorced in 1941
Married Bertha Eleck (1912-2000) on August 4, 1945 in Norwalk, CT
Last local address: 67 Cedar Crest Place, Norwalk
Enlisted August 25, 1943
Serial number 31338286
Infantry unit, but exact unit of assignment is unknown


From The Norwalk Hour newspaper January 9, 1945

Military records spelled his last name wrong – “Bonenfaht”

German POW in Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13.

From The Norwalk Hour January 9, 1945

Private First Class Philip A. Bonenfant, 33, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olivier J. Bonenfant of 3 Rowan Street, has been missing in action in Belgium since December 18, according to word received from the War Department by his parents. He went into the service about 18 months ago, training in Texas and Pennsylvania among other places before going overseas in September. The last letter received from him by his parents, a few weeks ago, was from Germany. Before he went into the service, he was with the East Norwalk Coal Company. He has one brother, also in the service, Leo L., stationed at a naval base in San Francisco, California. He also has two other brothers and seven sisters.

From The Norwalk Hour April 10, 1945

Private First Class Philip A. Bonenfant, 33, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver J. Bonenfant of 3 Rowan Street is a prisoner of war in Germany according to recent word received by his parents. PFC Bonenfant was previously reported by the War Department as missing in action in Belgium since December 18.

Buried in St. John’s Cemetery; unknown plot number

Photo not available

Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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