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historian , journalist

Elmer Bendiner, American Writer. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross, United States Air medal with three oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, United States Air Force, 1941-1945. First lieutenant United States Air Force, 1941-1945.

Background

Bendiner, Elmer was born on February 11, 1916 in Pittsburgh. Son of William and Lillian (Schwartz) Bendiner.

Education

He attended City College of New York from 1932 to 1935, then met Esther Shapiro, an editorial assistant, while he was working for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. They were married in 1941, shortly before the U.S. entered World War II.

Career

Growing up Jewish in an Appalachian environment where the Ku Klux Klan was influential and "Jews, Catholics, and the very few blacks on the outskirts of town ... served as ritualistic enemies" helped shape him. After the war, he worked for Esquire, then for a series of medical publications, and wrote a number of books.

Achievements

  • During the war, Bendiner served as a B-17 Flying Fortress navigator, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Purple Heart.

Membership

First lieutenant United States Air Force, 1941-1945.

Connections

Married Esther Shapiro, October 4, 1941. Children: Winifred Bendiner Viani, Jessica.

father:
William Bendiner

mother:
Lillian (Schwartz) Bendiner

spouse:
Esther Shapiro

child:
Winifred Bendiner Viani Bendiner

child:
Jessica Bendiner