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80-G-701139 Hospital Apprentice First Class Robert E. Bush, USN

Photo #: 80-G-701139  Hospital Apprentice First Class Robert E. Bush, USN
Description: Receives the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman during Nimitz Day Ceremonies at the White House on 5 October 1945. In the background, at right, are Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, USN, and Vice Admiral Ross T. McIntyre, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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Medal of Honor citation of Hospital Apprentice First Class Robert E. Bush, USNR (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 164):

"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, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945. Fearlessly braving the fury of artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire from strongly entrenched hostile positions, BUSH constantly and unhesitatingly moved from one 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 lying 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 one 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 point-blank over the hill, accounting for six of the enemy despite his own serious wounds and the loss of one 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 United States Naval Service."

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