Bush, Cecil Floyd, EM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary Designator/NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1968-1969, EM-0000, DaNang/Lighterage Section
Service Years
1955 - 1969
EM-Electrician's Mate
Three Hash Marks

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Nam
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Ponemah Cemetery - Bogalusa, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
31W 077

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Petty Officer in Charge (Small Craft) Badge

 Duty Stations
US NavySERE SchoolNaval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)DaNang
  1955-1955, EM-0000, (EM) Electricians Mate A School
  1967-1968, EM-0000, SERE School
  1968-1968, EM-0000, Naval Inshore Operations Training Center (Faculty Staff)
  1968-1969, EM-0000, Headquarters, NSA Danang, Vietnam
  1968-1969, EM-0000, Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)
  1968-1969, EM-0000, DaNang/Lighterage Section
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (68)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (68-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
While operating near Cua-Viet, Vietnam 28 February 1968, LCU 1500 took a direct hit on the port side of the conn, killing the radioman instantly and injuring eight others. Almost one year later to the day tragedy struck again. While loading ammunition at Bridge Ramp, Da Nang, Vietnam , 27 February 1969, an enemy rocket hit the nearly loaded craft and killed thirteen ACU-1 sailors. Seven sailors on the barge YFU-78 and three sailors working on the ramp also died in the attack for a total of 23 sailors killed in action. The craft was severely damaged and had to be stricken from the Navy list. 

After the tragedy, ACU-1 held a memorial on 14 March 1969, for the sailors who lost their lives. Every year since 1969, Assault Craft Unit one has held a memorial service to honor and remember the 14 LCU 1500 sailors killed in action. Former shipmates, friends and relatives have attended each year in tribute.


28 February 1968
RMSN K. L. Cook

27 February 1969
BMC Donald J. Fisher 
EN1 Bert E. Burton
EM1 Cecil F. Bush 
CS2 Marvin D. Avery
RM2 David W. Hawryshko
QM3 Earnest J. Buckelew
GMG3 Ronald J. Gebbie
BM3 Donald M. Horton 
BM3 Ronald P. Yuhas 
FN Joseph F. Burinda
SN Bruno W. Demata
SN Craig E. Swagler
FN Charles A. Tavares
Start Tour:            04/25/1968
Incident Date:       02/27/1969
Casualty Date:       02/27/1969
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