Benner, Ross

Ross Benner was born May 18, 1905 to William and Amanda Benner who lived in West Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania. Ross was the youngest of four children. Ross' father was a blacksmith and owned a blacksmith shop. 

Ross worked at Lukens Steel Company before serving in the Army.

Ross served with the 103rd Infantry Regiment, 43rd Infantry Division. Wikipedia records the following information about the 43rd Infantry:

The 43rd Infantry Division landed in New Zealand on October 23, 1942. The 172nd Infantry Regiment arrived at Espiritu Santo on October 26. The Division moved to Noumea, New Caledonia, in November and to Guadalcanal, February 17, 1943. The Russell Islands were occupied without opposition, February 21, and training continued. Elements landed on Vangunu and Rendova Islands against minor resistance onJune 30. Rendova served as the major staging point for the assault on the Island of New Georgia. The assault on New Georgia was met with determined enemy resistance.  

Private Ross Benner was Killed In Action on July 15, 1943 in the South Pacific, probably in the Russell Islands. He is buried at the Manila American Cemetery at Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines. 

Research by Don Wambold, WCMSC

Ross A Benner Photo