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Arthur B. Benson and Claude B. Shook Family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-17.0032

Scope and Contents

This family collection relates to Technician 4th Grade Sergeants Claude B. Shook, 207th Field Artillery Battalion, and Arthur B. Benson, 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion,  who were brother in laws and both served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. Arthur B. Benson was killed in action on August 14, 1944. The collection contains letters, photograph negatives, a unit newsletter, ephemera, and diary.


  • 1942-1948
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1944
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/28/2017


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Arthur B. Benson was born on April 16, 1911, in Wisconsin.  He entered service in the U.S. Army on February 28, 1942, and trained as an armored vehicle maintenance technician.  Benson was assigned to the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion which was deployed to the European Theater of Operations and landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, on July 18, 1944.  This tank destroyer battalion was assigned M-18 Hellcat tanks.  Benson was killed in action on August 14, 1944, near St. Lo, France, during a mortar or artillery attack while repairing a disabled tank.  Benson was the brother of Geraldine Benson Shook and the brother in law of Claude B. Shook. Benson is buried in Oakland Seventh-Day Cemetery, Oakland, Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  Letters contained in this collection were written by Benson and by comrades to his family after his death.

Claude B. Shook was born on April 1, 1917, in Wisconsin. He served with the 207th Field Artillery Battalion in the European Theather of Operations. Shook married Geraldine Benson Shook.  Claude B. Shook passed away on January 28, 1994, and is also buried in Oakland Seventh-Day Cemetery  Oakland, Jefferson County, Wisconsin.


2 folders

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Richard Shook, son of Claude B. Shook and nephew of Arthur B. Benson. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on November 28, 2017.

Arthur B. Benson and Claude B. Shook Family papers
Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository