Monday, June 30, 2014

Medal of Honor Monday: Mervyn S. Bennion

"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 USS 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."

From Captain Mervyn S. Bennion's Medal of Honor citation, awarded in 1943.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,


  1. I was able to get his name attached to the Payson, Utah, Veterns Home after a couple of years effort. He remains one of my heros. His Brother Howard was one of my ideals as well. He was my wifes uncle and blessed her life as well in having her come to New York where he was the Managine Driector of Edison Electric. She studied piano at the Juliard Academey for a year at the Bennios expense. He contributed to our lives and I named a very worthy son after Him.

    1. Thanks for the additional info. It's amazing what a single person can do to the world around them.