Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Navy.
Birth: 5 May 1887, Vernon,
Appointed from: Utah.
Citation: 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 U.S.S.
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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)