Recently, the world lost the talented and charismatic Tony Bennett. While he is often remembered for his career as a musician, some may not know that he was also a World War Two hero. In fact, he was a hero in more ways than one.
Tony Bennett Fought Through Hell and Liberated a Concentration Camp
At 18 years old, Tony Bennett completed basic training and was sent to Le Havre, France, as a replacement troop for units that suffered heavy casualties fighting the Germans in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. He served with G Company, 7th Army, 63rd Infantry Division. He described his time during the war as “a nightmare that’s permanent.” and a “front-row seat to hell.” He went on to liberate the Kaufering concentration camp in one of his last missions.
Not only a WW2 Hero, Bennett Also Stood Against Segregation
Clearly, Bennett was a hero during World War II, but he also found himself in trouble during his service. Particularly, he faced discipline for publicly associating with a black soldier in a segregated military. “I couldn’t get over the fact that they condemned us for just being friends, and especially while we served our country in wartime,” Bennet said later. The experience only strengthened his resolve and his support of civil rights, leading him to march with Dr. King in Selma after returning home.
Born Anthony Benedetto, the man who became known as Tony Bennett was certainly an incredible individual. Of course, we couldn’t pass him up for our Hero Spotlight. Read more about Bennett and his time as a WW2 hero here. While we have you, please take a moment to sign our petition to give back to other members of the greatest generation.