Bunn, Bennie Maurice, 1stLt

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First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1943-1943, 0302, 1st Raider Bn/Co B
Service Years
1927 - 1943

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Charles City
Last Address
San Diego, Ca

Casualty Date
Jul 10, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Solomon Islands
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section M Site 224

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 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)1st Raider Bn
  1932-1932, 5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
  1943-1943, 0302, 1st Raider Bn/Co B
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1914-1919 US Occupation of Nicaragua
  1941-1945 World War II
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Last Known Activity
Killed in Action, 10 Jul 1943, during operations against Imperial Japanese Forces in the vicinity of Enogai Point on New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands.
 BUNN, BENNIE M. Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Guardia Nacional de Nicaragua Date of Action: December 26, 1932 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to Bennie M. Bunn, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while a member of a patrol of Guardia Nacional in contact with a bandit group at Punta Rieles, Nicaragua, on 26 December 1932. The patrol while on a train proceeding to El Sauce was attacked by a vastly superior force of bandits. Corporal Bunn, in command of the right flank, met an enveloping attack of the heavily reinforced bandit group, armed himself with a Thompson sub-machine gun, and by the effectiveness of his fire, personal bravery, aggressiveness and skillful leadership, repulsed the attack. During the entire engagement his conduct was outstanding, and beyond the ordinary call of duty. His efficient leadership and courageous action contributed largely to the success of the engagement. Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWII)

 *BUNN, BENNIE M. First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Date of Action: July 10, 1943 Citation: The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bennie M. Bunn, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion in action against the enemy on New Georgia Island, British Solomon Islands, on 10 July 1943. When the leading assault elements of his company were held up by a strong enemy position, the defense of which was built around one heavy and three light machine guns supported by riflemen, Lieutenant Bunn, calling to four Marines near him, led a charge to a position close to the heavy machine gun. With grenades and pistol fire he killed the crew and captured the gun. He then turned the captured weapon against the other machine guns and neutralized their fire so effectively that they were quickly captured by the members of his squad. His bold and rapid action completely disorganized the enemy position and permitted the company to continue its advance. Born: at Charles City, Iowa Other Award: Navy Cross (Nicaragua)
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