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Bennion, Mervyn Sharp

Date of birth:
May 5th, 1887 (Vernon/Utah, United States)
Date of death:
December 7th, 1941 (Pearl Harbo/Hawai´, United States)
Buried on:
American War Graves Salt Lake City Cemetery
Plot: West-3. Row: 148. Grave: 1-cent.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
U.S.S. West Virginia (BB-48), U.S. Navy
Awarded for:
Operation Z
"For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. As Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. West Virginia, after being mortally wounded, Capt. Bennion evidenced apparent concern only in fighting and saving his ship, and strongly protested against being carried from the bridge."

Awarded posthumously, date of citation unknown.
Medal of Honor - Navy/Marine Corps (MoH)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Ordnance and gunnery specialist
Unit:
Washington Naval Yard, Bureau of Ordnance (BuOrd), HQ, U.S. Navy
World War I Victory Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

1 bronze service star
American Defence Service Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

1 bronze service star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

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