Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thankful Thursday

The President of the United States in the name of the The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Mortar Man with Headquarters and Service Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Early on the morning of 1 March 1969, Private First Class Bruce was on watch in his night defensive position at Fire Support Base Tomahawk in Quang Nam Province when he heard movements ahead of him. An enemy explosive charge was thrown toward his position and he reacted instantly, catching the device and shouting to alert his companions. Realizing the danger to the adjacent position with its two occupants Private First Class Bruce Held the device to his body and attempted to carry it from the vicinity of the entrenched Marines. As he moved away, Private First Class Bruce's indomitable courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty saved the lives of three of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


Charlotte said...

Thank you for sharing this touching tribute. This on a day when 18 of our boys come home to be buried from Afganistan while the President salutes for a photo op to be aired on the nightly news tonight. I wonder what General McCrystal thinks about that?

Roughly 55,000 Americans died in Vietnam fighting the Communist North. Now look just how far we come because we are still fighting that same evil empire only now they call themselves: PROGRESSIVES.

Heart2Heart said...


As always I look forward to reading more about the people who gave up their lives for our freedom. Well done again!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

This really got to me...on many levels. Thank you for sharing it.

Edie said...

These reports honestly leave me speechless. I can't imagine it. But I am thankful for soldiers like this.

Thanks KW.