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RG1732.AM:  Dallas Ray Bennett, 1920-2012

Papers:  ca. 1942-1989

Bassett, Rock County, Nebraska:  World War II Marine

Size:  1 envelope


Dallas Ray Bennett, youngest son of W.W. and Bessie (Ferris) Bennett was born on March 6, 1920, in Selden Pct., Rock County, Nebraska.  The Bennett family moved in to Bassett in 1924, where Dallas graduated from Rock County High School in 1937.  He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at the Valentine, Nebraska, Refuge Lakes.  Bennett joined the US Marine Corps on July24, 1940.  He served in the Pacific Theater, in Alaska, and in occupied Japan.  He was discharged in July 1946.

While on leave Bennett married Lois N. Krause at Elk Point, South Dakota, on February 17, 1945.  Settling in Bassett, Bennet was a partner in Bennett Brothers Construction, Inc.  From 1960-1962 he was acting postmaster in Bassett and also served as assistant fire chief.  He was Bassett’s mayor from 1967 to 1969.  He finished his postal career in 1985 as a rural carrier out of Ainsworth.  In 2008 Bennett flew on the World War II Honor Flight to Washington, DC.  He died on June 24, 2012.


This collection consists of an envelope containing items documenting Dallas R. Bennett’s service during World War II.  Of greatest interest is Bennett’s memoir titled “Forty-Seven Years Late,” which relates his experiences in Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, before, during and after the first offensive against the Japanese at Tulagi and Guadalcanal, August 7, 1942 – January 31, 1943.  Supplementary materials include photographs, copies of newspaper clippings, and a Guadalcanal bumper sticker.


Envelope containing:

  1. Memoir of Dallas R. Bennett: Forty-Seven Years Late

  2. Photographs:  Guadalcanal and Tulagi with explanatory notes; photograph of Bennett taken in Kodiak, Alaska, August 1944

  3. Newspaper clippings (copies)

  4. Article:  The Boat Train Raid of the 2nd Marines

  5. Independence Day Dinner menu on the USS President Hayes, July 4, 1942 (copy)

  6. Biographical sketch

  7. Guadalcanal Campaign Veteran bumper sticker


Subject headings:

Bennett, Dallas Ray, 1920-2012

Guadalcanal, Battle of, Solomon Islands, 1942-1943

Marines — United States

World War, 1939-1945 — Personal narratives