Robert Eugene Bush

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Robert Eugene Bush
Robert Eugene Bush
Born (1926-10-04)October 4, 1926
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 | change 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 | change source]

Medal of Honor
  1. LCpl. Brian A. Tuthill (Nov. 16, 2005). "Naval hospital mourns loss of namesake, MOH recipient, friend". Marine Corps News. United States Marine Corps. Retrieved Nov. 3, 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)