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Catalog Number 2014.0035.0001
Object Name Newspapers
Scope & Content Newspaper clipping taken from Waupun Leader News during WWII, saved by Marjorie Lehmann and donated to the Waupun Museum.

Bentleys Receive Purple Heart for son.

Bentleys Receive Purple Heart Awarded Posthumously to Son Killed in Action

Added to the Andrew Bentleys' keepsakes and remembrances of their son, Pvt. Leslie Bentley, who was killed in action in Sicily on Aug. 7, is the Purple Heart medal received, by Mr. Bentley Wednesday. The medal was awarded to Pvt. Bentley posthumously for military merit and for wounds received in action resulting in his death.

Although the medal did not arrive until Wednesday the Bentleys had received a certificate of the award earlier in the week. A letter, dated Sept. 21, 1943, from Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson is quoted: "At the request of the President, I write to inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to your son, Private Leslie R. Bentley, Infantry, who sacrificed his life in defense of his country. "Little that we can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one. We profoundly appreciate the greatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us in this battle for our country, is a loss shared by all of us. When the medal, which you will shortly receive, reaches you, I want you to know that with it goes my sincerest sympathy, and the hope that time and the victory of our cause will finally lighten the burden of your grief."

Mr. and Mrs. Bentley also received a letter recently from General G. C. Marshall, chief of staff.

The letter follows: "I have just been informed that your son was killed in action in the North African Area. "Please accept my sincere personal sympathy. Leslie Bentley died a gallant soldier's death in our battle for liberty and decency. I hope you will find consolation in the fact that he sacrificed his life in the service of the people of America and the cause of democracy throughout the world. "Again my deepest sympathy to you and to the other members of his family."
Title Bentleys Receive Purple Heart
Collection Waupun Heritage Museum Photo Collection
People Bentley, Andrew
Bentley, Leslie
Bentley, Mr.
Bentley, Mrs.
Lehmann, Marjorie
Marshall, G. C.
Stimson, Henry L.