Walter Bennett Fuller
Class of 1942
Bennett Fuller was the starting center on offense and linebacker on defense for the Harrisonburg High School football teams in 1939, 1940, and 1941. At only 125 pounds, he was the lightest player ever to start at center for 3 seasons. Though the Blue Streaks enjoyed only modest success during this time, Bennett was a major contributor to the program and was chosen as All-District center in 1940 and 1941.
After graduation, Bennett was offered football scholarships to William & Mary and George Washington University, but military service won out over football. Bennett served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 and landed on Omaha Beach shortly after D-Day in 1944. Bennett returned to Harrisonburg and in 1952, graduated from VPI. He worked in Roncerverte, West Virginia, first for Rocco Feeds, then as Executive Vice-President and Trust Officer at the First National Bank in Roncerverte until his retirement in 1987.