Ruhl, Donald Jack, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1944-1945, 0311, E Co., 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Private 1st Class


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Casualty Date
Feb 21, 1945
Hostile, Died
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World War II
Location of Interment
Montana Medal of Honor Grove - Helena, Montana
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World War II FallenMedal of Honor Recipients
  1945, World War II Fallen
  2017, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified]

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Basic Parachutist
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Recruit Training Bn USMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Parachute RegimentHeadquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
5th Marine Division28th Marine Regiment
  1942-1942, 1st Recruit Training Bn
  1942-1942, 0311, Parachute Riggers School, San Diego, CA
  1942-1944, 745, 3rd Parachute Bn, 1st Parachute Regiment
  1942-1945, 0311, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1944-1945, 5th Marine Division
  1944-1945, 0311, E Co., 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima1
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Find a Grave also lists the following
Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery
Big Horn County
Wyoming, USA

Medal of Honor
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Donald Jack Ruhl, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman in an assault platoon of Company E, Twenty-Eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 to 21 February 1945. Quick to press the advantage after eight Japanese had been driven from a blockhouse on D-day, Private First Class Ruhl single-handedly attacked the group, killing one of the enemy with his bayonet and another by rifle fire in his determined attempt to annihilate the escaping troops. Cool and undaunted as the fury of hostile resistance steadily increased throughout the night, he voluntarily left the shelter of his tank trap early in the morning of D-day plus 1 and moved out under a tremendous volume of mortar and machinegun fire to rescue a wounded Marine lying in an exposed position approximately 40 yards forward of the line. Half pulling and half carrying the wounded man, he removed him to a defiladed position, called for an assistant and a stretcher and, again running the gauntlet of hostile fire, carried the casualty to an aid station some 300 yards distant on the beach. Returning to his platoon, he continued his valiant efforts, volunteering to investigate an apparently abandoned Japanese gun emplacement 75 yards forward of the right flank during consolidation of the front lines, and subsequently occupying the position through the night to prevent the enemy from repossessing the valuable weapon. Pushing forward in the assault against the vast network of fortifications surrounding Mt. Suribachi the following morning, he crawled with his platoon guide to the top of a Japanese bunker to bring fire to bear on enemy troops located on the far side of the bunker. Suddenly a hostile grenade landed between the two Marines. Instantly Private First Class Ruhl called a warning to his fellow Marine and dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the full impact of the shattering explosion in his own body and protecting all within range from the danger of flying fragments although he might easily have dropped from his position on the edge of the bunker to the ground below. An indomitable fighter, Private First Class Ruhl rendered heroic service toward the defeat of a ruthless enemy, and his valor, initiative and unfaltering spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.Action Date: February 19 - 21, 1945

The Medal of Honor was posthumously awarded to PFC Ruhl and presented to his parents on 12 January 1947 at Greybull, Wyoming, where they made their home. The ceremonies were conducted by the veteran's organization of Greybull. Private First Class Ruhl was initially buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima, but was later reinterred in Hillside Cemetery in Greybull, Wyoming. The Hillside Cemetary in Greybullhas been renamed the Donald Ruhl Memorial Cemetary.  A monument has been erected to honor Donald Ruhl. He`s Buried at: Donald J Ruhl Memorial Cemetery, Greybull, Wy 82426
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