Robert Eugene Bush

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Robert Eugene Bush

Robert Eugene Bush
Born October 4, 1926(1926-10-04)
Tacoma, Washington
Died November 8, 2005(2005-11-08) (aged 79)
Olympia, Washington
Place of burial Fern Hill Cemetery, Menlo, Washington
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1944 - 1945
Rank Hospital Apprentice First Class
Unit 2nd Battalion 5th Marines
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Okinawa
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Robert Eugene Bush was an American military during World War II. He was serving as a hospital corpsman for the United States Navy. Het was honored with a Medal of Honor for his brave actions during the Battle of Okinawa.

Life[change | edit source]

President Truman handing over the Medal of Honor to Robert E. Bush

Bush was born on October 4, 1926, in Tacoma, Washington. In 1944 he joined the navy as a young boy.

During the invasion of Okinawa he got wounded on May 2, 1945, during an attack on a rifle company that he was on patrol.

At 18 years of age he was awarded for his braveness by President Truman in a White House with the Medal of Honor.[1]

After the war, he returned to finish high school. Then he went on with a study in business administration at the University of Washington.

After he finished study, he founded the Bayview Lumber Company at South Bend, Washington in 1951 and Bayview Redi-Mix at Elma, Washington.

Tom Brokaw, a television personality and journalist, wrote a chapter about Bush in his World War II book The Greatest Generation (1998).

Robert and Wanda Bush were the parents of three sons and a daughter. He died from cancer on November 8, 2005, in Olympia, Washington when he was 79 years old.

References[change | edit source]

Medal of Honor