Phillip Clarence Bennett

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  • Name: Phillip Clarence Bennett
  • Location of Birth: Bessemer, Michigan
  • Date of Birth: August 31, 1890
  • Date of Death: March 31, 1919
  • Parents: Phillip Bennett & Anna (Bohls) Bennett
  • High School and Class: 1909 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Military Highlights:
    World War I Registration Card – 1917-1918
    Name: Phillip Clarence Bennett
    Age: 26
    Home Address: Taconite, Minnesota
    Date of Birth: August 31, 1890
    Citizenship: Natural born
    Place of Birth: Bessemer, Michigan, USA
    Citizen of other Country: ----
    Present Occupation: Clerk and cashier - general store
    Employer: Oliver Mining Co., Taconite, Minnesota
    Dependents: No
    Marital Status: Single
    Race: Caucasion
    Previous Military Service: None
    Claim exemption from draft: No
    Tall, medium or short: Medium
    Slender, medium or stout: Medium
    Color of eyes: Dark blue
    Color of hair: Dark brown
    Bald? No
    Any disability: No
    Date of registration: June 5, 1917
    Place of registration: Taconite, Itasca County, Minnesota

    Phillip Bennett worked for the Oliver Mercantile Company in Taconite, Minnesota as a bookkeeper. He then was an employee of the First National Bank of Bovey, Minnesota just before he was drafted. He married Mata Loux in 1917 in Itasca County. He left for the war in June 1918 and on September 19, 1918 he departed New York with Company F, 311th Engineers aboard the Empress of Asia for overseas duty. He died in an accident in France in 1919 as he was ready to embark for home. His body was returned the following year to the United States by the Federal Government at the request of his widow and was buried with full military honors at Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 37). Some records indicate his first name as Clarence and his last name as Bennetts.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    The Taconite Whittey-Bennett American Legion Post #301 bears his name.

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