Bengston, Charles M.
B: 09 Aug 1875
M: Gina Johnson b. 01 Oct 1895, Douglas County.
FN: Unknown Bengston
Children of Charles Bengston and Gina Johnson:
M: Maynard Swanson. d. 1973
Children of Maynard Swanson and Violet Bengston:
M: Noel Rundquist, dau of Palmer and Mrs. Rundquist
Children of Richard Swanson and Noel Rundquist:
Lloyd Bengston (See Presidential Award below)
B: 11 Jul 1924, Hallock, MN
D: 10 Dec 2002, at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fargo, North Dakota
M: 13 Nov 1970, Barbara Biermeier-Dudley
Children of Lloyd Bengston and Barbara Dudley:
M: Donavan Gunnerson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Van Gunnarson
D: 02 Jan 1971, Lavina Abrahamson who had 2 children when she married, Lee & Jerry.
B: 10 Aug 1932, near Lake Bronson, MN
D: 28 Nov 2002
M: (1) 31 Jul 1954, Roy Ingeman d. 23 May 1980
M: (2) 09 Dec 1984, Lawrence Hanson, in Kennedy d. 1966
Children of Roy Ingeman and Gladys Bengston:
Helen Clarice Bengston
B: 16 Jan 1935, Lake Bronson, MN
D: 12 Jun 2008, MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, ND
M: 12 Mar 1954, Lowell Jacobson
Child of Lowell Jacobson and Helen Bengston:
M: Dalen Grandstrand, dau of Dale Grandstrand
Child of Roger Jacobson and Dalen Grandstrand:
B: 23 Oct 1926, Lake Bronson, MN
D:: 16 Feb 2010, Kittson Memorial Nursing Home, Hallock, MN
M: 09 Aug 1947, Dale Bronson d. 16 May 2001
Children of Dale Bronson and Myrtle Bengston:
Clayton Bronson m. Cindy
Debbie Bronson m. Dan Nordiine
Larry Bronson m. Tabitha
Kittson County Enterprise, 18 Dec 2002
Lake Bronson, MN - Loyd Bengston, 78, Lake Bronson, died Tuesday Dec. 10 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo.
Lloyd was born in Hallock on July 11, 1924, the son of Charles and Gina (Johnson) Bengston. He grew up in Lake Bronson and attended school.
Lloyd served with the U.S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during WWII and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals. He moved to South St. Paul in 1956 and worked for Midway Chevrolet.
On Nov. 13, 1970, he married Barbara Biermeier-Dudley in Hallock. They lived in South St. Paul until1974 when they moved to Lake Bronson. Loyd worked for the Earl Glidden Farm until his retirement in 1986.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lake Bronson, the Halma-Lake Bronson American Legion and the Kennedy VFW.
Family members include his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Rhonda Bengston, Thief River Falls; three stepdaughters, Paula (Mike) Vollmer, Alma, Wis., Linda (Don) Gunnarson, Minneapolis, and Lisa (John) Kloss of Eau Claire, Wis.; three stepsons, Mike (Pam) Dudley of Chippewa Falls, Wis., Major (Kathy) Dudley of Fort Richardson, AK, and Pat (Wanda) Dudley of Dell Rapids, SD; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters, Violet Swanson, Karlstad, Myrtle Bronson, Drayton, and Helen (Lowell) Jacobson, Lake Bronson, and his loving pet, "Butch".
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Katie; three brothers, Kenneth, Raymond, and Marvin; and a sister, Gladys Hanson who died Nov. 28, 2002.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 2 p.m. in the Zion Lutheran Church, Lake Bronson.
Rev. Mitch Tolpingrud, presided.
Pallbearers were Roger Jacobson, Clayton Bronson, Richard Swanson, Jeff Ingeman, Steve Ingeman, and Shawn Ingeman.
Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Military honors accorded by the Halma-Lake Bronson American Legion.
Hughes Funeral Home, Hallock, was in charge of arrangements.
Local veterans receive Presidential Unit Citation
Awards at Memorial Day programs
for heroic service in WWII
Kittson County Enterprise
June 5, 2002
It took 57 years, but for a few Kittson county World War II veterans, it was worth the wait.
The long delayed Presidential Unit Citation for heroic service during the battle of Okinawa was finally approved earlier this year for the 96th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army.
The 96th Infantry Division is now one of only four entire Army Divisions awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for heroic action during WWII.
The award reads:
"This is to certify that the president of the United States of America has awarded the Presidential Unit Citation to the 96th Infantry Division for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy April 1, 1945 June 30, 1945."
Five of the members fighting for their country in April June, 1945 were from Kittson County.
Legions in the county honored these veterans at their respective Memorial Day services, May 27.
G. A. Leonard Norberg Post #63, Hallock, honored the late Melvin Anderson. His wife, Francis, Hallock, accepted the honor on his behalf.
Halma-Lake Bronson Olaf Locken Post #315 honored Lloyd Bengston, Lake Bronson; as well as, the family members of Milton Haack and Richard "Dick" Weiler.
Olaf Berquist Post #214, Lancaster, honored Hilson Stewart, Humboldt.
Stewart and Benquist look back on the war and quickly remark that they feel lucky to be alive.
"My most vivid memories of the war are of how lucky I was and still am to be alive," Stewart said.
He remembers one such incident where he was with a fellow infantry division member and his buddy stood in a fox hole, looked through his binoculars and then proceeded to fire.
"We were always told never to shoot out of the same place as were we used our binoculars, because the reflection always gave your location away. I went into a hole before the shot came back at us," Stewart remembers.
Bengston remembers a similar instance where his life was spared.
He recalls being with six other division members, fighting their way up a hill and came upon a cave.
"It was too late to realize but inside the cave were Japs and I landed on my leg. It just happened to be a dud," Bengston said.
These events and more mark the memories of these two Kittson County veterans, who set out on a bus for Fort Snelling back in the 1940s.
Bengston remembers about seven total Kittson County "boys" on the bus. Three of them ended up in the same division of the Army, despite their wishes to sign up for the Navy.
"Most boys wanted to be in the Navy," Stewart said, "but then I decided I always got sick on a boat anyway and changed my mind to the Army."
The three stuck together as far as Camp Wood in Texas for basic training. From there they were sent home for five days on delay, but found themselves together again in Fort Ord, California and Seattle, Washington.
From then on, despite being in the same division, Stewart became separated from Bengston and Anderson.
Their first step on the island of Okinawa was met with very little resistance. After the first week, however, the battle broke loose.
The Army went south and the Marines went north. The enemy managed to hide in caves and grass and trees and kept the 96th Division fighting for many days.
For Stewart and Bengston, they spend time remembering the good times as well as the "rough" times.
They try to reflect on the 50 years since the fighting and the memories and training they received and how it's made an impact on their lives, even to this day.
They want others to know about the history of the Battle of Okinawa and their feelings of joy and relief when the war was finally over.
They'll add one more piece of memorabilia to their war memorials one more award highlighting a division for it's extraordinary heroism and gallantry in the conquest of Okinawa, Japan.
They will never forget how their heroism and continuing demonstration of raw courage exemplified the highest traditions of the military service.