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Otto Ronald Bennett III

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Word has been received of the death of Otto Ronald Bennett III, on Saturday, July 30, 2005, in Redwood City.

He was born in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 27, 1918, the son of Otto Ronald Bennett Jr. and his wife, Sara Trainer Bennett. The family moved to Bennington, Vt., in 1928, where he received his education, graduating from the old high school in 1936. He attended Norwich University, where, after two and a half years, he left to begin an apprenticeship in printing at his father’s printing establishment of Keeseman and Bennett in Bennington. He also joined the National Guard, because he felt that war was coming. When America entered World War II, he departed Bennington with Company 1, 172nd Infantry, 43rd Division, as a lieutenant.

After two years of training in the southern U.S., they left for the South Pacific on the USS Coolidge. After surviving the sinking of the ship when it struck two submarine mines, the unit eventually landed at Guadalcanal, and as munitions officer, with the rank of captain, he fought further in the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, and the Philippines. In September 1945, the 43rd Division landed in Japan as part of the occupation troops. Before the end of that same month they received orders that they would be returning immediately to the United States for inactivation.

After being demobilized, he entered Rochester Institute School of Printing, from which he graduated, completing his apprenticeship. During the Korean War, he re-enlisted, and for the duration served as a printer at the Government Printing Office in Leavenworth, Kan. After leaving the service at the end of the war, his work took him from Connecticut to California.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma Bryant; a daughter and two sons from his first marriage; two sisters, Adelaide Bennett Garces, of Nashua, N.H.; and Priscilla Bennett Ochocki, of Shaftsbury, Vt.; grandchildren; cousins; nieces; and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, The Neptune Society was in charge of the cremation and distribution of his remains over the Pacific Ocean.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 7, 2005
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