B-26 Marauder 320th Bomb Group


The Story of My Military Service with the 320th B.G.
by Benton B. Banchor, 442nd Bomb Squadron


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After returning to the States, I took a trip to California to visit my sister. When I came home to Denver, I returned to work at Gates Rubber Company as a supervisor. The law required that we be given the same job as if we had not been drafted. One time I shook hands with Charlie Gates Jr. I worked for Gates Rubber Company for 40 years.

Adjustment to civilian life was difficult and I was uneasy about what my future would hold. But then I met my future wife, Theresa, who helped me see the world more clearly and restore my confidence. She worked for the VA and had lost her brother during the war. Theresa and I were married on 15 December 1946. Theresa and I were happily married for over 50 years! We had a beautiful home at 1350 S. Tejon Street in Denver where we raised our children. We have four children, eight grandchildren, and so far eight great-grandchildren! Theresa passed away on 15 August 1998, and I moved to the Gardens of St. Elizabeth, 2825 W. 32nd Ave. Later, I moved to the Life Care Center in Evergreen to be nearer to my daughter, Elaine, who lives in Georgetown. I have many friends and enjoy many activities here, but most of all I love and enjoy my family.

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