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Research/Info Request on Grandfather
Posted by Ryen Bothur on March 28, 2017, 9:38 pm
My grandfather was in the pacific and received a bronze star. Here's an excerpt of the document, "Technician Fifth Grade MARIO BUSCEMI (36729589), Ordinance Department, United States Army. For heroic achieveent in Leyte Gulf, near Leyte, Philippine Islands on 12 November 1944, in connection with military operations against the enemy. When an enemy aircraft, while making a bombing run on a merchant vessel, crashed into the ship's bridge and burst into flames, scattering burning gasoline and bomb fragments over the decks, barrels of fuel and quantities of ammunition stored nearby exploded and began to burn furiously. On deck a large number of of men were trapped between the blazing fuel and a cloud of scalding steam which was escaping from shattered pipes, while in a forward hold where a bomb had exploded other men lay wounded and dying. Although one stairway had been demolished and the other was in danger of burning, Technician Fifth Grade BUSCEMI, with complete disregard for his own saftey, voluntarily made repeated trips to the hold to remove casualties to safety and to administer first aid. By his fortitude, decisive action in the face of catastrophe and his devotion to duty, Technician Fifth Grade BUSCEMI performed an outstanding service and upheld the highest traditions of the service." On the top of the document, it states "Headquarters United States Army Forces Western Pacific Office of the Commanding General", in all caps along with, "APO 707" His records were burned in a VA fire. I'd like to know more about his actions and where and when they took place. I have found very little info online, but I suspect it may have been aboard the Gilbert Stuart. Thanks!