USN Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, U.S.S. West Virginia

Identifier:
052259
Title:
USN Captain Mervyn S. Bennion, U.S.S. West Virginia
Date:
ca. 1940
Description:
Captain Bennion was killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. As he laid mortally wounded on the West Virginia's command bridge, Bennion refused to be removed from his burning ship. He continued to give orders, directing his crew's actions. Bennion's last order to his men before he died was to leave him and "abandon ship." Captain Bennion was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Subjects:
World War II. and Ships--United States.
Corporate Names:
United States. Navy. and U.S.S. West Virginia.
Projects:
USS West Virginia and West Virginia History OnView