Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service:
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident
Date of Incident:
October 3, 1961
Anthony Bensch was born July
23, 1918, at Coaldale, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Prior to his enlistment in the Pennsylvania Motor Police, he served in the United States
Marine Corps from March 14, 1944, to April 3, 1946. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania Motor
Police from Coaldale on October 1, 1941, when he was 23 years old. He was assigned to Troop
At 2:55 p.m. on October 3, 1961, Trooper Bensch and Troopers Robert Latzo and Joseph F. Murphy
had attended revolver-firing qualifications at Troop Headquarters and were returning to their
station. Trooper Latzo was driving the patrol vehicle on Route 9040, 1˝ miles east of
Blakeslee Corners, Tobyhanna Township, Monroe County. He tried to avoid striking a deer. The
vehicle skidded on the wet roadway and struck a tree. Trooper Bensch was thrown from the
vehicle and killed instantly.
Trooper Bensch is buried in Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Hometown. He was
survived by his mother, Mrs. Wash Bensch, of Hometown.
At 43, Bensch had completed 20 years of
Pennsylvania State Police service.