Ernest Franklin Bennett was born at Fashion, Georgia, the son of Samuel Walter Bennett and Janette Nettie Vaughn. Husband of Sarah Ruth Whitson and father of Ernest Gene and Patsy Bennett.

He was killed in action aboard USS Indianapolis (CA-35). After the ship delivered the atomic bomb to Tinian Island, it was hit by torpedoes from Japanese submarine I-58, 30 July 1945, in transit to return to the fleet.

Memorialized at the Manila American Cemetery, the Philippines.

Wife: Mrs. Sarah Whitson Bennett, 1906 East 25th Street, Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 15 August 1945:
Ernest F. Bennett, BM2C, former employe of the Combustion Engineering Company and husband of Mrs. Ruth Whitson Bennett, Chattanooga, has been missing since July 30 in the Pacific theater, the Navy Department informed his wife  yesterday. In the service since January 1944, he had been in the Pacific area four weeks when listed missing. His wife and children, Gene and Patsy, live at 1906 East 25th Street. He is the brother of M/Sgt. Odell Bennett, in the Pacific area, and Mrs. W.J. Burley, 909 Clifton Place.

  • Rank: Boilermaker Third Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 January 1913
  • Date of death: 30 July 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Top Panel
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