The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

Featuring Marine Medal of Honor Recipients From WWII-Korea-Viet Nam And Iraqi Freedom

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
Daniel Bruce



Private First Class Daniel D. Bruce
United States Marine Corps

For conspicuous gallantry and inrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Mortar Man with Headquarters and Service Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, against the enemy  in the Republic of Vietnam. Early on the morning of 1 March 1969, Private First Class Bruce was on watch in his night defensive position at the Fire Base Tomahawk in Quang Nam Province when he heard movements ahead of him. An enemy exposive charge was thrown toward his position and he reacted instantly, catching the device and shouting to alert his  companions. Realizing the danger to the adjacent position with its two occupants, Private First Class Bruce  held the device to his body and attempted to carry it from the vicinity of the entrenched Marines. As he moved away the charge detonated and he absorbed the full force of the explosion. Private First Class Bruce's indomitable courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty saved the lives to three of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Richard M. Nixon
President of the United States

Daniel D. Bruce, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in March 1969, was born 18 May 1950, in Michigan City, Indiana, where he attended Garfield Grammar School, Barker Jr. High School, and Elston Sr. High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Chicago, Illinois, 20 May 1968, and was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on 17 July 1968.

Upon completion of recruit training with the 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, in September 1968, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. He completed individual combat training with Company U, 3d Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment in November, and basic infantry training with Weapons Company, Basic Infantry Training Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment in December.

On 1 January 1969, he was promoted to private first class, and later that month was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam. He was assigned duty as anti-tank assault man with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. While participating in combat at Fire Support Base Tomahawk, Quang Nam Province, on 1 March 1969, he was killed in action.

A complete list of his medals and decorations includes: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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