Bender, Carl A., Lt Col

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Lieutenant Colonel
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1971-1971, 8116, Air Police Units
Service Years
1951 - 1971
Lieutenant Colonel

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Belleville, IL
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Belleville, IL

Date of Passing
Jun 30, 2011
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Air Force Security Police Air Force Retired Mishap-Free Flying Hour Award 5,000 Hrs

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American LegionAir Force Security Police AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
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  2011, Air Force Security Police Association
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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

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.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat from July 3 to July 4, 2011
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The Korean War; 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China came to the aid of North Korea, and the Soviet Union gave some assistance.

Korea was ruled by Japan from 1910 until the closing days of World War II. In August 1945, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, as a result of an agreement with the United States, and liberated Korea north of the 38th parallel. U.S. forces subsequently moved into the south. By 1948, as a product of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea was split into two regions, with separate governments. Both governments claimed to be the legitimate government of all of Korea, and neither side accepted the border as permanent. The conflict escalated into open warfare when North Korean forces—supported by the Soviet Union and China—moved into the south on 25 June 1950. On that day, the United Nations Security Council recognized this North Korean act as invasion and called for an immediate ceasefire. On 27 June, the Security Council adopted S/RES/83: Complaint of aggression upon the Republic of Korea and decided the formation and dispatch of the UN Forces in Korea. Twenty-one countries of the United Nations eventually contributed to the UN force, with the United States providing 88% of the UN's military personnel.

After the first two months of the conflict, South Korean forces were on the point of defeat, forced back to the Pusan Perimeter. In September 1950, an amphibious UN counter-offensive was launched at Inchon, and cut off many of the North Korean troops. Those that escaped envelopment and capture were rapidly forced back north all the way to the border with China at the Yalu River, or into the mountainous interior. At this point, in October 1950, Chinese forces crossed the Yalu and entered the war. Chinese intervention triggered a retreat of UN forces which continued until mid-1951.

After these reversals of fortune, which saw Seoul change hands four times, the last two years of conflict became a war of attrition, with the front line close to the 38th parallel. The war in the air, however, was never a stalemate. North Korea was subject to a massive bombing campaign. Jet fighters confronted each other in air-to-air combat for the first time in history, and Soviet pilots covertly flew in defense of their communist allies.

The fighting ended on 27 July 1953, when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea, and allowed the return of prisoners. However, no peace treaty has been signed, and the two Koreas are technically still at war. Periodic clashes, many of which are deadly, have continued to the present.
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