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
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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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
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
Burial
Salt Lake City Cemetery, UT
Full Name
Mervyn Sharp Bennion
Marriage
Louise Clark Bennion
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