Bennion, Mervyn Sharp, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1941-1941, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
Service Years
1910 - 1941

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Vernon, UT

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Salt Lake City Cemetery - Salt Lake City, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Pearl Harbor FallenWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WWII Memorial National RegistryMedal of Honor Recipients
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  1941, World War II Fallen
  1941, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  1941, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1941, WWII Memorial National Registry
  1941, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS Maryland (BB-46)Naval War College (Staff)USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Nitro (AE-2)Bureau of OrdnanceUSS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1910-1912, USS CALIFORNIA (ACR-6)
  1917-1919, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1921-1923, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1923-1924, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1924-1926, USS Tennessee (BB-43)
  1926-1927, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1932-1934, USS Bernadou (DD-153)
  1934-1936, Naval War College (Staff)
  1936-1937, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1937-1939, USS Nitro (AE-2)
  1939-1941, Bureau of Ordnance
  1941-1941, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1906-1910, United States Naval Academy
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Citation: 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 (battleship), 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.
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