Manchester native, World War II vet celebrating 100th birthday
April 25. 2018 5:48PM
TILTON — Family members and New Hampshire Veterans Home residents and staff will gather today for a 100th birthday party for Joseph “Joe” Bennett of Manchester, a World War II Army veteran.
The celebration takes place at 2:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium of the Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton.
Bennett, a Manchester native, served from 1942 to 1945, in campaigns from North Africa to Berlin. He landed at Omaha Beach on June 11, 1944, where his LST was promptly sunk by a floating mine. He went on to participate in the Battle of the Bulge and marched into Berlin. After the war, he returned to the Queen City where he worked as a grocer and coat-maker, and also managed movie theaters and the former Pine Island Park in the summer.
He was married to his wife, Rita, for 59 years before her death in 2005, and had two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.