Virginia Heroes

Lewis Kenneth Bausell

Corporal, Marine Corps

Born: April 17, 1924
Hometown: Pulaski County, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: September 15, 1944
Died In: Peleliu, Palau Islands
Awards: Medal of Honor

Corporal Bausell was mortally wounded in action on Peleliu Island in the Pacific Ocean on September 15, 1944, and died 3 days later on a hospital ship. He had thrown himself on a Japanese grenade to save his squad. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty. In November 1945, the U. S. Navy commissioned a new destroyer, the USS Bausell, DD 845, in his honor.

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