TSGT Richard Earl Bush


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Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky, USA
Death 7 Jun 2004 (aged 79)
Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Burial Libertyville, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 7, Block 10, Lot 63, Grave 7
Memorial ID 8911634 View Source

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II as a Corporal with the 4th Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Mount Yaetake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on April 16, 1945. His citation reads "Rallying his men forward with indomitable determination, Cpl. Bush boldly defied the slashing fury of concentrated Japanese artillery fire pouring down from the gun-studded mountain fortress to lead his squad up the face of the rocky precipice, sweep over the ridge, and drive the defending troops from their deeply entrenched position. With his unit, the first to break through to the inner defense of Mount Yaetake, he fought relentlessly in the forefront of the action until seriously wounded and evacuated with others under protecting rocks. Although prostrate under medical treatment when a Japanese hand grenade landed in the midst of the group, Cpl. Bush, alert and courageous in extremity as in battle, unhesitatingly pulled the deadly missile to himself and absorbed the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his body, thereby saving his fellow marines from severe injury or death despite the certain peril to his own life. By his valiant leadership and aggressive tactics in the face of savage opposition, Cpl. Bush contributed materially to the success of the sustained drive toward the conquest of this fiercely defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His constant concern for the welfare of his men, his resolute spirit of self-sacrifice, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout the bitter conflict enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith



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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 13 Jun 2004
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for TSGT Richard Earl Bush (23 Dec 1924–7 Jun 2004), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8911634, citing Ascension Catholic Cemetery, Libertyville, Lake County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .