Stanley Bender (1909-1994) was born in Carlisle, West Virginia to Lithuanian immigrant parents, Andrew and Eva Bendorius. Bender worked as a Yellow Cab driver in Chicago before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1939. He served as a Staff Sergeant with Company E, 7th U.S. Infantry, 3rd Division. In 1944 near La Londe, France, Bender led an incredible assault to take the town from the Germans. For his deeds and bravery, Bender received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the only Lithuanian to get this prestigious award. Bender returned to West Virginia after the war and worked for the Veterans Administration before retirement. The Bender Bridge, the highest bridge east of the Mississippi River, is named in his honor.