SM Harold C. Bentley (Bonvissutto), Jr.

Branch of Service: Navy

Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)

Years of Service: 1966-1969

Signalman Harold Charles Bentley (Bonvissutto)Jr. served in the Vietnam War on the LST 1122 San Joaquin Valley (Brown Water Navy) and the USS Pyro AE-24 ammo ship from 1966 to 1969. His service buddies still to this day talk of his great friendship to them and brotherhood of Vietnam War veterans. He became ill from that war from AGENT ORANGE and didn’t even know it. He was forever changed by his military service and the suffering he would endure until his passing in 2006 at the ripe old age of 60. He died from esophegeal and prostate cancer, dimentia and heart attack. He was denied by the VA even after his death. His son and his wife were forever changed by his military sacrifices changing him mentally with PTSD and Alcoholism to retreat from those war memories and diseases. He was even denied a headstone from 2006 to 2010 until I found out about it and wrote Senators and Congressmen. His grave was nothing but DIRT BLOWIN IN THE WIND IN A LONELY COUNTRYSIDE CEMETERY IN township of Pomfret, NY. He had so much AGENT ORANGE IN HIM the grass wouldn’t even grow on his grave. His son now suffers from Agent Orange related illnesses and he was also a veteran of the armed forces of the United States from Desert Storm. He and his mother should have been compensated for all of those trying years of illness and death. God Bless them for sacrificing so much for our nation.

This post was submitted by RetAirForceMan.

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One Response to “SM Harold C. Bentley (Bonvissutto), Jr.”

  • RetAirForceMan Says:

    Signalmen on board ships were probably more exposed than most sailors because of their duties always being on topside with the flags and other duties on topside. All sailors were ingesting the AGENT ORANGE HERBICIDES in the showers and drinking water and food the ate on board. They have suffered greatly for 40 plus years without so much as an APOLOGY FROM OUR GOVERNMENT.

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