Seaman 1st Class Bennie Bienko was killed in action on Nov. 13, 1942 while serving aboard the USS Monssen. Bienko died and the ship was lost in the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Bienko was killed at approximately 2 a.m. and is now considered Clark’s first casualty of World War II. 

His death came just hours before that of fellow Clark native John L. Ruddy, who served aboard the USS Juneau. 

Bienko lived on Lincoln Boulevard in Clark before leaving for service in the Navy.