Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve,
serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines,
1st Marine Division.
Place and date: Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May
Entered service at: Washington.
Birth: 4 October 1926, Tacoma, Wash.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Medical Corpsman
with a rifle company, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa
Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945. Fearlessly braving the fury of artillery,
mortar, and machinegun fire from strongly entrenched hostile positions,
Bush constantly and unhesitatingly moved from 1 casualty to another to
attend the wounded falling under the enemy's murderous barrages. As the
attack passed over a ridge top, Bush was advancing to administer blood
plasma to a marine officer Iying wounded on the skyline when the Japanese
launched a savage counterattack. In this perilously exposed position, he
resolutely maintained the flow of life-giving plasma. With the bottle held
high in 1 hand, Bush drew his pistol with the other and fired into the
enemy's ranks until his ammunition was expended. Quickly seizing a discarded
carbine, he trained his fire on the Japanese charging pointblank over the
hill, accounting for 6 of the enemy despite his own serious wounds and
the loss of 1 eye suffered during his desperate battle in defense of the
helpless man. With the hostile force finally routed, he calmly disregarded
his own critical condition to complete his mission, valiantly refusing
medical treatment for himself until his officer patient had been evacuated,
and collapsing only after attempting to walk to the battle aid station.
His daring initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice
in service of others reflect great credit upon Bush and enhance the finest
traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
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)