of Honor Books
|This series of books contains the citations for ALL
Medals of Honor awarded to that branch of service, with brief biographical data and photos
of many of the recipients. Some of them also include citations for other awards, analysis
of awards, data tables and analysis and more. These are LARGE volumes, each 8 1/2" x
11" and more than 500 pages each. Click on a book to find it on Amazon.com where you
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in the War on Terrorism
- AIR FORCE
O.E.F. - ARMY
These books contain the citations for nearly all of the awards of the Silve
Star and higher to members of each branch of service in the War on Terrorism. Books
include photos of most recipients, some biographical data, analysis of awards by rank,
unit, date, and more.
of AMERICAN MILITARY HEROES
WINGS OF VALOR
The Defining Generation
E. Bush, 79;
Was Honored for WWII Acts
As a 21-year-old Marine, Richard E. Bush, seen in this circa 1945
photo, earned the Medal of Honor for leading a successful charge
during the battle for Okinawa.
Richard E. Bush, who earned the Medal of Honor for leading a successful
charge and saving fellow Marines during the fierce battle for Okinawa during
World War II, has died.
Bush, 79, died June 7 of a heart ailment at his home in Waukegan, Ill.
As a 21-year-old corporal, Bush earned the nation's highest military award for
his actions as a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine
Division, during the April 16, 1945, final assault on Okinawa's Mount Yaetake.
"Rallying his men forward with indomitable determination," the
citation read, "Cpl. Bush boldly defied the slashing fury of concentrated
Japanese artillery fire pouring down from the gun-studded mountain fortress to
lead his squad up the face of the rocky precipice, sweep over the ridge, and
drive the defending troops from their deeply entrenched position. With his
unit, the first to break through to the inner defense of Mount Yaetake, he
fought relentlessly in the forefront of the action until seriously
Bush may have been down, but he wasn't out.
Pulled to relative safety under some rocks, he was being treated by a corpsman
when a hand grenade was lobbed into the group of wounded men.
"Cpl. Bush," the citation continued, "alert and courageous in
extremity as in battle, unhesitatingly pulled the deadly missile to himself
and absorbed the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his body,
thereby saving his fellow Marines from severe injury or death despite the
certain peril to his own life."
lived, but did lose several fingers and an eye. After the war, he worked for
the Veterans Administration, helping veterans file claims for benefits, until
retiring in 1972.
The young Marine never intended to become a hero. He didn't even want to leave
his Kentucky home.
"I didn't want to get any medals," he said in a statement released
by the Marine Corps in 2000 when he attended the dedication of the 6th Marine
Division memorial in Quantico, Va. "In fact, when my brother and I were
leaving to go into the service, I didn't really want to go. I still have all
the splinters in my fingernails from where they came and pulled me off the
His father didn't want either son to risk his life for medals and told them as
they left the tobacco farm near Glasgow, Ky.: "Let me tell you something.
If either one of you comes home with a medal, I'm going to beat you to
"He was concerned," Bush said in 2000, "about our welfare and
our safety. My father had a saying, 'He who fights and runs away, lives to run
away another day.' "
Bush was one of 14 men awarded the medals by President Truman in a ceremony at
the White House on Oct. 5, 1945. He was still recovering from the severe
wounds sustained in the April assault.
In his later years, Bush attended several reunions of medal winners around the
country. He was among 87 present at Riverside National Cemetery in 1999 for
the dedication of its Medal of Honor Memorial. His name appeared with 3,409
others initially listed on the black granite monument.
A widower, Bush is survived by his son, Richard Jr., and two grandsons
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