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Robert Eugene Bush
Birth: Oct. 4, 1926
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 2005
Thurston County
Washington, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A native of Tacoma, Washington, he was awarded his CMOH for action at Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, on May 2, 1945, during the Second World War. He served as a Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve, serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945. Fearlessly braving the fury of artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire from strongly entrenched hostile positions, Bush constantly and unhesitatingly moved from 1 casualty to another to attend the wounded falling under the enemy's murderous barrages. As the attack passed over a ridge top, Bush was advancing to administer blood plasma to a marine officer Iying wounded on the skyline when the Japanese launched a savage counterattack. In this perilously exposed position, he resolutely maintained the flow of life-giving plasma. With the bottle held high in 1 hand, Bush drew his pistol with the other and fired into the enemy's ranks until his ammunition was expended. Quickly seizing a discarded carbine, he trained his fire on the Japanese charging pointblank over the hill, accounting for 6 of the enemy despite his own serious wounds and the loss of 1 eye suffered during his desperate battle in defense of the helpless man. With the hostile force finally routed, he calmly disregarded his own critical condition to complete his mission, valiantly refusing medical treatment for himself until his officer patient had been evacuated, and collapsing only after attempting to walk to the battle aid station. His daring initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in service of others reflect great credit upon Bush and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service". 
Family links: 
  Carl Duncan Bush (1895 - 1971)
  Estelle Patricia Hayes Lorentson (1901 - 1968)
  Wanda Colleen Spooner Bush (1927 - 1999)*
  Elizabeth Jean Bush Cook (1925 - 1961)*
  Robert Eugene Bush (1926 - 2005)
*Calculated relationship
Fern Hill Cemetery
Pacific County
Washington, USA
Plot: 6th Edition, Block 1, Lot 24
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Record added: Nov 09, 2005
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