Daniel Dean Bruce

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
18 May 1950 - 01 March 1969
Beverly Shores, IN
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Medal of Honor

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Daniel D Bruce

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05 Mar 2003

I know that you are a true Hero to friends and family and you are surely missed by them. I never knew you but know of you and know that you are truly loved by your family. Someday we will all meet in Heaven and I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you and telling you in person what a Hero you really are. We have 2 names in common - one is Marine and the other is Bruce. I am proud to be associated with you in both ways. May God Bless your family and protect them! I know you are watching over them as you watched over the Marines that you gave your life to save which gave you The Medal of Honor being the brave unselfish person that you are. I know that your daughter Stacey is proud of you and will someday see you in Heaven - she is a Beautiful person!

God Bless you, Marine! Semper Fi, Brother!

Jon Bruce
Cpl. USMC 10/68-10/74

Medal of Honor
The President of the United States
in the name of the Congress
takes pride in presenting the


posthumously to

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps

for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a mortar man with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, against the enemy. Early in the morning Pfc. Bruce was on watch in his night defensive position at Fire Support Base Tomahawk when he heard movements ahead of him. An enemy explosive 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, Pfc. 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. Pfc. Bruce's indomitable courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty saved the lives of three of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a fellow U.S. Marine,
Jon Bruce
5 Mar 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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