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Service:United States Navy
Date of Birth:12 June 1924
Place of Birth:Milton, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death:30 November 2018 (Aged 94 years)
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal and 2 Gold Stars
Units:Torpedo Squadron 51 (VT-51), USN
Torpedo Squadron 97 (VT-97), USN
Torpedo Squadron 153 (VT-153), USN

via Anon. 2018


13 June 1942Enlisted in the US Naval Reserve.
9 June 1943Promoted to Ensign.
September 1943Assigned to Torpedo Squadron 51.
1 August 1944Promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade).
February 1945Assigned to Torpedo Squadron 97.
March 1945Assigned to Torpedo Squadron 153.
18 September 1945Released from Active Duty.
16 November 1948Promoted to Lieutenant.
24 October 1955Resigned from US Navy.


Distinguished Flying Cross:
For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as Pilot of a Torpedo Plane in Torpedo Squadron FIFTY ONE, attached to the U.S.S. San Jacinto, in action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of the Bonin Islands, on September 2, 1944. Leading one section of a four-plane division in a strike against a radio station, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Bush pressed home an attack in the face of intense antiaircraft fire. Although his plane was hit and set afire at the beginning of his dive, he continued his plunge toward the target and succeeded in scoring damaging bomb hits before bailing out of the craft. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Reserve.

External Links



Anon. 2018 George Herbert Walker Bush. Naval History and Heritage Command. Retrieved 1 December 2018 from <https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/biographies-list/bios-b/bush-george-h-w.html>.

Tumulty, K. 2018 George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, dies at 94. The Washington Post. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018 from <https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/george-hw-bush-41st-president-of-the-united-states-dies-at-94/2018/11/30/42fa2ea2-61e2-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html>.

Record updated on 1 December 2018.


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