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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Captain 1
Birth:
05 May 1887 2
Logan UT 2
Utah 1
Death:
07 Dec 1941 2
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2
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Full Name:
Mervyn Sharp Bennion 1
Birth:
05 May 1887 2
Logan UT 2
Utah 1
Male 2
Death:
07 Dec 1941 2
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2
Cause: Captain Bennion was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, while in command of the battleship USS West Virginia 2
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City UT 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Captain 1

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For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. As Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. West Virginia, after being mortally wounded, Capt. Bennion evidenced apparent concern only in fighting and saving his ship, and strongly protested against being carried from the bridge.

The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Dec 1941, Sat, Page 1

The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Dec 1941, Mon, Page 6

The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah) 16 Feb 1942, Mon • Page 11

The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah) 26 Feb 1942, Thu • Page 12

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