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#1 vintageproductions

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:02 PM

Just received some sad news that Roger Bender passed away this week.

 

Roger published some of the greatest reference books we all know and use daily.

 

Since I was a kid Roger always treated me as an equal, and always called me "son" when he saw me.

 

"Dad" you will be missed a lot........



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:20 PM

Wow, a legend in our field has passed.  The name Roger Bender was always an institution.

 

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:21 PM

RIP...

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:24 PM

That is a loss to the entire community. I was hoping there would be more to come from him and his publishing house. His books set a standard for quality, color and detail.

Bob, I am sorry for your personal loss as well.

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:24 PM

Roger a true gentleman !

I loved the man.

He always called me Kid.

RIP friend.

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:37 PM

Indeed a loss. He had some of the most seminal titles in the area of our interest.

 

Would you believe that only yesterday I receive his whole Waffen SS Series, used to have them, got them all in the late 70s, Volume 5 when that one came out in 1982, I got it the following year in 1983, but parted with them around 2005.  got them off Ebay, yeah,  I was very pleased to see these that I was getting were all 1st Editions and not reprints, Volume's 3, 4, and 5 bear his signature, Roger James Bender.

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#7 Mr.Jerry

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:41 PM

Wow, so sad to hear. although I never met him, his works that helped start and support the hobby are innumerable.



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:44 PM

Not seeing anything in the way of an OBIT,  if Bob or Owen could please tell me how old of a man he was, as he apparently  has been in business since the 1960s, in example the 1st Edition of the Waffen SS Book is 1969.



#9 Kurt Barickman

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 06:54 PM

Too bad; the books he published got so many of us interested in collecting German decades ago. 

 

RIP

 

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:25 PM

I was just informed of his passing. He was a friend, had known him since I was 18. I was emailing with him in October with my change of address to Idaho. He asked why the move and I told him. He agreed that the Left Coast was getting bad and understood my reasoning. He replied LOL and said that should be a good hunting ground. This getting old is sometimes not any fun. I just turned 62 and many of my buddies have passed. I sure hope when it's my time I can meet up with those that went early. Roger will be one that I seek. RIP, Roger.

 

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:29 PM

R.I.P. Roger - a great contributor to the hobby.



#12 Rakkasan187

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:46 PM

His legend will live on in his wonderful reference books...

 

He will be missed but his books will live on..

 

Bob, my condolences on such a personal loss to you.

 

I know what it means to lose a close friend and mentor and father figure...

 

Leigh 



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:58 PM

God Speed Roger. :(

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 07:50 AM

Sorry to hear. He published a lot of great books.

RIP.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:20 AM

I got his books early and they are the standard. I have every issue of his Military Advisor magazines and still continue to subscribe to them every year. What a wealth of knowledge he was.

 

RIP 



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Posted 11 January 2020 - 03:40 PM

My best buddy Roger has past 50 years of friendship. Roger was 79 years old.
RIP my friend....

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 08:46 AM

Very sad news...I remember how happy I was to finally be able to afford his (well, written by Jack Angolia) books on German medals when I was a young teenager. I will admit that my book on Purple Hearts, Sacrifice Remembered, is printed in very much the same style as Bender's smaller format books as I always found them to be a very usable and comfortable size. 



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Posted 12 January 2020 - 12:36 PM

I am sorry to hear this. RIP Roger.

Regards
Herman

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:34 AM

Holy crap!   I am devastated to learn about Roger's passing.  

 

Roger has been my publishing hero.  Since I was about 20 years old, I have said, "When I grow up, I want to be Roger Bender." 

 

Such a prince of a man and so committed to our hobby.   

The world will be different without Roger. 

 

John Adams-Graf
Editor, Military Trader and Military Vehicles Magazine

 



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:22 PM

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Roger Bender, my deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.

best wishes, 

Simon.



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 08:20 PM

Roger leaves a huge hole in the collector community. His kind come don't come around very often and always seem to be gone too soon. Roger had a few books in various stages of completion. Hopefully someone will be able to take the baton and finish the race.

 

Here is a link to Roger's obit with information on his funeral. https://www.darlinga....s/Roger-Bender

I think the burial Monday after his funeral mass.


Edited by usmedalman, 16 January 2020 - 08:21 PM.


#22 1st Sgt CES

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Posted Yesterday, 02:02 PM

I Knew  Roger -- this is a great lost to the collecting world ---- I will miss his emails -- RIP




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