Waukegan in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cpl. Richard E. Bush Memorial
Photographed By Michael Ryzy, July 4, 2015
1. Cpl. Richard E. Bush Memorial Marker
Born December 23, 1923
United States Marine Corps
1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a squad leader serving in action against enemy forces during the final assault against Mount Yabtake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 16, 1945.
Location. 42° 21.561′ N, 87° 50.145′ W. Marker is in Waukegan, Illinois, in Lake County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of Washington Street and South West Street. Located in the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Washington Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waukegan IL 60085, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Orion Perseus Howe (a few steps from this marker); Waukegan Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Waukegan Doughboy Statue
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 26, 2005
2. Cpl. Richard E. Bush Grave Marker
He is buried in Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, IL in Section 7, Block 10, Lot 63, Grave 7. The grave GPS is N42.3074 W87.9194. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: BUSH, RICHARD EARL
Rank and organization: Corporal, U .S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division
Place and date: Mount Yaetake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945
Entered service at: Kentucky
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a squad leader serving with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces, during the final assault against Mount Yaetake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 16 April 1945. Rallying his men forward with indomitable determination, Cpl. Bush boldly defied the slashing fury of concentrated Japanese artillery fire pouring down from the gun-studded mountain fortress to lead his squad up the face of the rocky precipice, sweep over the ridge, and drive the defending troops from their deeply entrenched position. With his unit, the first to break through to the inner defense of Mount Yaetake, he fought relentlessly in the forefront of the action until seriously wounded and evacuated with others under protecting rocks. Although prostrate under medical treatment when a Japanese hand grenade landed in the midst of the group, Cpl. Bush, alert and courageous in extremity as in battle, unhesitatingly pulled the deadly missile to himself and absorbed the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his body, thereby saving his fellow marines from severe injury or death despite the certain peril to his own life. By his valiant leadership and aggressive tactics in the face of savage opposition, Cpl. Bush contributed materially to the success of the sustained drive toward the conquest of this fiercely defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His constant concern for the welfare of his men, his resolute spirit of self-sacrifice, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout the bitter conflict enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
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(a few steps from this marker); Waukegan U.S.S. Maine Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to Ray Bradbury Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ray Bradbury Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washburn and Moen Manufacturing Company (approx. 1.3 miles away); Joseph T. Bowen Country Club (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waukegan.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2018, by Michael Ryzy of Palatine, Illinois. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 9, 2018, by Michael Ryzy of Palatine, Illinois. 2. submitted on April 11, 2018, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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