Memorial Day and Corporal Bausell

Since today is Memorial Day for us in the States, I wanted to remember American soldiers who died in service of their country.

And, what better way to do that then to tell of one person's sacrifice--that of USMC Corporal Lewis Bausell on Peleliu Island, September 1944.

Lewis Bausell

He is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor:
...Valiantly placing himself at the head of his squad, Cpl. Bausell led the charge forward against a hostile pillbox which was covering a vital sector of the beach and, as the first to reach the emplacement, immediately started firing his automatic into the aperture while the remainder of his men closed in on the enemy. 

Swift to act, as a Japanese grenade was hurled into their midst, Cpl. Bausell threw himself on the deadly weapon, taking the full blast of the explosion and sacrificing his own life to save his men

His unwavering loyalty and inspiring courage reflect the highest credit upon Cpl. Bausell and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
A belated thank you in memory of Cpl. Bausell* and the so many others who gave all to protect the freedoms that I often take for granted.

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:13
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*Note: Born in Pulaski, Virginia, Cpl. Bausell is the only enlisted Medal of Honor recipient from Washington D.C. He died at age 20, and was buried at sea.

If you are interested in reading other Congressional Medal of Honor stories, you can go here.

17 comments:

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
That's a very poignant story about those who choose to go BEYOND what is or could ever be expected of them.
It is usually the ordinary person who does the extraordinary.
Carry on.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

He certainly sounds like a brave man.

Bijoux said...

God bless those who make sacrifices for others, on and off the battlefield.

Pat Hatt said...

A very brave man indeed, nothing could be a braver act

messymimi said...

Today i remember with thanks all who gave so much.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Slamdunk,
I like the idea of Memorial Day, its such a wonderful way to pay a tribute to all those brave warriors.

A Cuban In London said...

Talk about courage! Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Carol Kilgore said...

Thanks for remembering one of those who died so we can be here with the freedom to blog today.

Stephanie Faris said...

What an amazing story. It takes a special person to sacrifice his own life like that. Thank you for the reminder of the many sacrifices so many men have made throughout history for our freedom.

Brian Miller said...

i would like to hope that if called upon i would be willing to take that hit for another...but dang...yeah

spent a bit of time telling my boys about why we have today

Mary Kirkland said...

Very heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

Mary Kirkland said...

Very heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing this info with us.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, how brave to sacrifice himself like that. Great story.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

We recognize Remembrance Day (November 11th) in Canada. I'm glad all those who gave their life are remembered in small ways like this.

Kimberly said...

I am always amazed to hear of brave men and women who don't even think twice in these kinds of circumstances. This is the bravest of acts. Thank you for sharing Corporal Bausell's story.

lisa said...

Thank you for a wonderful post to remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. A belated salute to everyone who is serving and has served in our military.

Kay G. said...

Glad to see this man remembered here, only 20 years old. All of those who sacrificed their lives deserve to be remembered on Memorial Day and everyday.
Thank you.