Bender, Carl A., Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1525Z-Navigator-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 8116, Air Police Units
Service Years
1951 - 1971
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Belleville, IL
Last Address
Belleville, IL

Date of Passing
Jun 30, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Air Force Security Police Air Force Retired Mishap-Free Flying Hour Award 5,000 Hrs


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
American LegionAir Force Security Police AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2011, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Air Force Security Police Association
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Carl A. Bender (1929 - 2011)

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Carl Bender

Carl A. Bender, 82, of Belleville, Ill., born March 27, 1929, died June 30, 2011, at his home.

Carl attended Belleville schools, graduating from Belleville Township High School in 1947. From his early years, he was a man of action and deep commitment. He was an Eagle Scout and Scout leader. He helped organize Belleville Teen Town in 1942. After graduating from Belleville Township Junior College in 1950, he became one of the youngest members of the Belleville Police Department. He turned down a draft deferment and enlisted in the Air Force. He earned his wings as a navigator, bombardier, and radar observer, prior to being assigned to the Korean War Zone.

After the Korean War, Carl became a flight instructor, a base provost marshal, and worked at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. His very busy career continued to include both flight time (a career accumulation of 5,000 hours) and security operations. His prior tours of duty to the Orient and planning experience were instrumental in the defeat of two regiments of North Vietnamese Regular Army during the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. In 1971, Lt. Colonel Bender retired out of Travis AFB, Calif., having received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal w/Oak leaf, the Purple Heart, and numerous campaign ribbons with battle stars and foreign decorations. He was most proud of the fact that the units which he commanded or was assigned to received the USAF Outstanding Unit Award, Presidential Unit Citation, or both.

Following his U.S. Air Force career, Carl was safety and security manager for Monsanto Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. During this time, the corporate headquarters was awarded the President's Safety Award for five consecutive years. Several of his plans and programs for emergency actions are still being used to this day. While employed at Monsanto, Carl attended night school for thirteen years, earning an Associate of Arts in police science at Belleville Area College, a Bachelor of Science in business and an Master of Science in city and regional planning from SIUE. Carl started another full-time career in 1991, when he became a security coordinator and later a security specialist on the corporate security staff for Commerce Bank in St. Louis.

Carl Bender's employment in the St. Louis area has resulted in wide recognition for St. Louis as well as for Carl himself. His membership and very active participation in many organizations included: American Society for Industrial Security, Professional Investigators Council of Greater St. Louis, International Association of Chiefs of Police, USAF Security Police Association, Korean War Veterans Association, Professional Investigators Council, Midwest Financial Fraud Investigators, American Legion, and Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Carl was an avid supporter and fundraiser for the St. Louis Major Case Squad. In 2001, he was selected as Volunteer Leader of the Year for ASIS. This resulted in a Carl Bender Scholarship Fund for Boy/Girl Scouts - one each from Illinois and Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August C. Bender and Mattie E., nee DeTienne, Bender; his sister, Bernice Bretschneider; a son-in-law, Leonard Bafia; a sister-in-law, Jutta Bender; and brothers-in-law, Bill Heidelberg, Harold Bretschneider, and Robert Jennings.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Eloise, nee Jennings, Bender, whom he married Jan. 10, 1954, at the First Presbyterian Church in Collinsville, Ill.; four children, Nancy Lee Bender of St. Louis, Mo., Janet Lee Bafia of O'Fallon, Ill., Colonel Gary Carl (Cindy) Bender of Herndon, Va., and Donald Allen Bender of Chicago, Ill.; and one grandchild, Rachel Mae Bender of Herndon, Va.

He will also be missed by his brother, Raymond W. Bender; his sisters-in-law, Nancy A. Heidelberg and Phyllis Jennings; his many nieces and nephews; and his close friends and associates.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Carl Bender Scholarship Fund, c/o Chapter Treasurer, 926 Hemsath Rd., Suite 103, St. Charles, Mo. 63303, or to the Korean War Veteran's Association, Imjin Chapter, P.O. Box 211, O'Fallon, Ill. 62269. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. A Korean War Veterans ritual will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with the Rev. Herbert Schafale officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.

GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from July 3 to July 4, 2011
  
   
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Vietnam War
Start Year
1960
End Year
1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
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