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February 1, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Just minutes before his light-armored reconnaissance unit was about to head off to the front last week, Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin shared his fears with his father. "I've got a feeling I've never had before in my life," he said by phone to Minnesota, an anxiety in his voice that 59-year-old Edward Bentzlin barely recognized in his 23-year-old son.
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June 12, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the Persian Gulf War, which killed her Marine husband in a "friendly fire" accident, Carol Bentzlin knew well the role of the perfect military wife. "It was 'God bless America, apple pie and rah, rah, rah,' " she recalled. "At one time, I really believed all that. At one time, I was that. But not any more." A widow with three children, Bentzlin, 32, lost her husband, Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin, 23, for reasons that still remain hazy to her.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1991
Congratulations on a moving and emotionally stirring article ("Grieving Begins for Marines Killed in Gulf," Feb. 1). You have brought pride and purpose to this most personal tragedy. I grieve for these Marines and their families. We all fear that some of our friends will not return from Saudi Arabia. However, each of them are heroes who love their country. Thank you for bringing me the words and the love expressed by Mrs. Carol Bentzlin, wife of Marine Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin. BILL PEREZ, San Diego
NEWS
May 17, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An aerospace company has been cleared of causing the deaths of a U.S. Marine from San Juan Capistrano and six others in a friendly fire incident during the Persian Gulf War, but has admitted falsifying test results for defective missile launcher parts, according to a plea bargain filed Monday in federal district court. Seven Camp Pendleton Marines, including 23-year-old Cpl. Stephen E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was Tuesday morning when the Marine Corps formally confirmed what Carol Bentzlin had suspected for months: Her husband, Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin, died when an allied missile mistakenly struck the armored vehicle carrying him and seven other members of his unit. "What can you do?" Bentzlin said after hearing the official confirmation in a telephone call. "It happened and I need to come to grips with that."
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August 13, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's ambassador to the United States has offered financial help to a Persian Gulf war widow who claims that the military has been slow to make good on her husband's death benefit payments and to return his remaining personal effects. Sheik Saud al Nasir al Sabah said Monday that his office had contacted Carol Bentzlin of San Juan Capistrano, widow of Marine Cpl. Stephen E.
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May 17, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
An aerospace company has been cleared of causing the deaths of a U.S. Marine from San Juan Capistrano and six others in a friendly fire incident during the Persian Gulf War, but has admitted falsifying test results for defective missile launcher parts, according to a plea bargain filed Monday in federal district court. Seven Camp Pendleton Marines, including 23-year-old Cpl. Stephen E.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's ambassador to the United States has offered to help an Orange County woman whose husband was killed in the Gulf War and who says that the military has been slow to return his remaining personnel effects and make death benefit payments. Sheik Saud al Nasir al Sabah said Monday that his office had contacted Carol Bentzlin of San Juan Capistrano, widow of Marine Cpl. Stephen E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carol Bentzlin did not cry as friends and strangers streamed by to offer their condolences on the death of her husband, one of the first Marines killed in action in the Persian Gulf. "We're all OK," the widow said. "Everybody's taking care of us. . . . There's nothing else really to say." She paused, then added: "He's my hero." Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin, 23, died Jan. 29 of shrapnel wounds, possibly inflicted by so-called "friendly fire."
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February 24, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the darkness with the thunder of fighter jets overhead, Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin and his unit of Marines were rumbling through Khafji in their light-armored vehicle, driving the enemy back. Nearing the end of what began as a reconnaissance mission, Bentzlin, seated in the rear with five fellow Camp Pendleton Marine buddies, bounced over the rough desert terrain with Lance Cpl. Ronald Tull in the driver's seat. And then it was over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was Tuesday morning when the Marine Corps formally confirmed what Carol Bentzlin had suspected for months: Her husband, Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin, died when an allied missile mistakenly struck the armored vehicle carrying him and seven other members of his unit. "What can you do?" Bentzlin said after hearing the official confirmation in a telephone call. "It happened and I need to come to grips with that."
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's ambassador to the United States has offered to help an Orange County woman whose husband was killed in the Gulf War and who says that the military has been slow to return his remaining personnel effects and make death benefit payments. Sheik Saud al Nasir al Sabah said Monday that his office had contacted Carol Bentzlin of San Juan Capistrano, widow of Marine Cpl. Stephen E.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kuwait's ambassador to the United States has offered financial help to a Persian Gulf war widow who claims that the military has been slow to make good on her husband's death benefit payments and to return his remaining personal effects. Sheik Saud al Nasir al Sabah said Monday that his office had contacted Carol Bentzlin of San Juan Capistrano, widow of Marine Cpl. Stephen E.
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February 24, 1991 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the darkness with the thunder of fighter jets overhead, Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin and his unit of Marines were rumbling through Khafji in their light-armored vehicle, driving the enemy back. Nearing the end of what began as a reconnaissance mission, Bentzlin, seated in the rear with five fellow Camp Pendleton Marine buddies, bounced over the rough desert terrain with Lance Cpl. Ronald Tull in the driver's seat. And then it was over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991
The City Council on Wednesday presented a commendation to San Clemente resident Carol Bentzlin, whose husband, Marine Cpl. Stephen Bentzlin, was among the first to be killed in action in the Persian Gulf. "This is not something we relish or look forward to, Carol," said Mayor Scott Diehl. "We want to show you that the sacrifice your husband, Steve, made is not forgotten and is appreciated by the citizens of San Clemente." As the mayor made the presentation, Bentzlin stood silently at the podium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carol Bentzlin did not cry as friends and strangers streamed by to offer their condolences on the death of her husband, one of the first Marines killed in action in the Persian Gulf. "We're all OK," the widow said. "Everybody's taking care of us. . . . There's nothing else really to say." She paused, then added: "He's my hero." Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin, 23, died Jan. 29 of shrapnel wounds, possibly inflicted by so-called "friendly fire."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the Persian Gulf War, which killed her Marine husband in a "friendly fire" accident, Carol Bentzlin knew well the role of the perfect military wife. "It was 'God bless America, apple pie and rah, rah, rah,' " she recalled. "At one time, I really believed all that. At one time, I was that. But not any more." A widow with three children, Bentzlin, 32, lost her husband, Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin, 23, for reasons that still remain hazy to her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1991
The City Council on Wednesday presented a commendation to San Clemente resident Carol Bentzlin, whose husband, Marine Cpl. Stephen Bentzlin, was among the first to be killed in action in the Persian Gulf. "This is not something we relish or look forward to, Carol," said Mayor Scott Diehl. "We want to show you that the sacrifice your husband, Steve, made is not forgotten and is appreciated by the citizens of San Clemente." As the mayor made the presentation, Bentzlin stood silently at the podium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1991 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Marine Cpl. Stephen Bentzlin's mother was handed a neatly folded American flag from her son's coffin Wednesday, she recalled his birth 23 years earlier, when she wrapped him neatly in a soft cotton blanket. "I just had to share that with you," Barbara Anderson said in a telephone interview from her home in Wood Lake, Minn., after a funeral service in St. Paul. "It was the same feeling as the day I had Stephen. How carefully and neatly the flag was folded and how carefully it was handed to me.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1991
Congratulations on a moving and emotionally stirring article ("Grieving Begins for Marines Killed in Gulf," Feb. 1). You have brought pride and purpose to this most personal tragedy. I grieve for these Marines and their families. We all fear that some of our friends will not return from Saudi Arabia. However, each of them are heroes who love their country. Thank you for bringing me the words and the love expressed by Mrs. Carol Bentzlin, wife of Marine Cpl. Stephen E. Bentzlin. BILL PEREZ, San Diego
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