Mike & H&S Companies
Third Battalion, Fifth Marines
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BRUCE, DANIEL D.
First Class, United States Marine Corps. 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, 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
charge was thrown toward his position and her reacted instantly, catching the device and
shouting to alert his companions. Realizing the danger to the adjacent position
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.