In May of 1917 Bendix was selected to report to Plattsburg Barracks in New York for officer training. Upon completion of this training he was appointed as 2nd Lieutenant on August 15th, 1917. Bendix and his unit continued to drill and train until January of 1918 when they were activated and absorbed into the 302nd Infantry Regiment, part of the 76th Division of the American Expeditionary Force. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on January 17th and he and the rest of the 302nd went overseas, first to England then to France. When Bendix arrived in France, he served in combat from July 1st-November 11th of 1918, including the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Bendix was then assigned to occupation duty from November 12th-December 27th of 1918. He was discharged from the Army for the second time on December 30th of 1918.
Bendix enlisted again shortly thereafter and transferred Army Air Corp, rising to the rank of Major. He was separated from the service for the last time on November 29th of 1944 at the age of 60. Bendix passed away on November 7th of 1947 at the age of 62.
We honor his service.
About the author: Savannah Labbe is a senior at Gettysburg College studying history and religious studies. She is originally from Belgrade, Maine and is currently a writing intern at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.