Mervyn Sharp Bennion

    Mervyn Sharp Bennion


    World War II · US Navy · Captain

    Rank: Captain
    United States of America
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    ervyn Sharp Bennion served in the United States Navy and was the Captain of the U.S.S. Virginia at Pearl Harbor. He was serving aboard his ship on the morning of December 7, 1941, and was killed during the attack trying to save his crew and ship. Captain Bennion earned the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his sacrifice at Pearl Harbor.

    Birth - 5 May 1887
    Vernon, UT
    Birth - 5 May 1887

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    Birth
    Vernon, Tooele County, Utah, United States of America

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    1939 - 1945 World War II
    Ship
    USS West Virginia
    Rank
    Captain

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    Branch
    Navy
    Conflict Period
    World War II

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    Served For
    United States of America

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    Gold Star

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    Award
    Medal of Honor
    Occupation
    Commanding Officer U.S.S. Virginia
    Became Commander USS Virginia
    2 Jul 1941
    Gender
    male
    Religion
    Latter-day Saint, Mormon
    Employment: End Date
    7 Dec 1941
    Employment: Start Date
    1910
    Employment: Employer
    Served in U.S. Navy
    Award
    Congressional Medal of Honor
    Award
    Battleship U.S.S. Bennion named in his honor
    Education: Institution
    U.S. Naval Academy
    Education: To
    1910
    Education: From
    1906

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    Death - 7 Dec 1941  - Age: 55 years
    Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
    Hit in the abdomen by shrapnel from a bomb that hit the U.S.S. Tennessee
    Death - 7 Dec 1941  - Age: 55 years

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    Death
    Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States of America

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    Burial
    Salt Lake City Cemetery, UT
    Burial
    Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of America

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    Full Name
    Mervyn Sharp Bennion
    Marriage
    Louise Clark Bennion
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