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May 1, 2000

Navy honors WWII hero with hospital renaming
Bob Bush

by The Associated Press

OLYMPIA - Bob Bush was just 18 when he made the split-second decision that saved him and the wounded second lieutenant under his care at Okinawa during World War II.

The Navy medical corpsman, critically wounded by an exploding grenade that cost him an eye, attacked advancing enemy troops instead of retreating, holding them off until his patient could be evacuated. President Truman presented Bush, a South Bend, Pacific County, native now living in Olympia, with a Medal of Honor in 1945.

The Navy will further celebrate Bush's heroism tomorrow, when the 30-bed hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif., will be renamed the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital.

"It's going to be exciting," Bush said of the ceremony at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. Bush, who spends his winters in Indio, Calif., is being honored for being active at the hospital and in the community as well as for his valor, said hospital spokesman Dan Barber.

 
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