WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Boozman and Congressman French Hill (AR-02), introduced companion legislation today to name the Perryville Post Office in honor of Sergeant Harold George Bennett, a Perryville native. Sgt. Bennett spent 179 days as a POW during the Vietnam War and his captors executed him on June 25, 1965. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his death.
“Sgt. Bennett was a true American hero whose hometown seeks to honor him with this tribute. This post office designation will honor Sgt. Bennett’s service and sacrifice and reflect the appreciation we share for his courage and contributions to our country,” Boozman said.
“Sergeant Harold George Bennett is a highly decorated war hero whose military service is deserving of a tribute that will last for generations to come. Naming this post office after Sgt. Bennett is a small token of our immeasurable appreciation for his and his family’s commitment to this Nation,” Hill said.
Sgt. Bennett served as a Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) advisor during the war operating out of South Vietnam. On December 29, 1964, during a firefight with Viet Cong guerillas, Sgt. Bennett was taken prisoner.