Sergeant Bennie Summey was born around 1912. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Summey. He had four siblings, Reba Summey, Dutch Summey, Virgil Summey, and Mike Summey. He enlisted in the military on January 14, 1941 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He served in the European theater of war with the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division. He fought in Northern France, where he was taken prisoner of war by the Germans on August 7, 1944. He died as a prisoner of war. Although his exact death date is unknown, he was officially declared dead on Friday, March 1, 1946. Sergeant Summey was awarded a Bronze Star for his tremendous service in World War II.
Sgt Summey was prisoner of war at Stalag 3C Alt Drewitz Brandenburg, Prussia 52-14 in Germany. He is memorialized at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten.