Recipient Detail

 

BRUCE, DANIEL D.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Marine Corps
Company: Headquarters Company
Division: 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Born: 18 May 1950, Michigan City, Ind.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Chicago, Ill.
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Place / Date: Fire Support Base Tomahawk, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 March 1969
 
 


BRUCE, DANIEL D. Photo
 
Citation

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, 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 2 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 3 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.