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Mary Gearan Helps Soldier Receive Medals

The family of Richard L. Bentley Sr. knew he was a brave soldier in World War II, but details about his time in the Army are so vague that the family never even realized Bentley did not have his formal discharge papers or medals until after his death. Five years after his death, government officials told Bentley's daughter Lynn Barbuto they had no record of her father. Mary Gearan, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs researched the details of his military career. Bentley received the Bronze Star because of his actions on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Bentley was in the Army's 4th Infantry Division at the Utah landing zone at Normandy, France. Sen. Clinton recently presented his widow, Shirley, with several of his medals. Read the story from the May 1 Finger Lakes Times.