Medal of Honor Citation

Daniel D. Bruce, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam in March 1969, was born 18 May 1950, in Michigan City, Indiana, where he attended Garfield Grammar School, Barker Jr. High School, and Elston Sr. High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in Chicago, Illinois, 20 May 1968, and was discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on 17 July 1968.

Upon completion of recruit training with the 2d Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, in September 1968, he was transferred to the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. He completed individual combat training with Company U, 3d Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment in November, and basic infantry training with Weapons Company, Basic Infantry Training Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Regiment in December.

On 1 January 1969, he was promoted to private first class, and later that month was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam. He was assigned duty as anti-tank assault man with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. While participating in combat at Fire Support Base Tomahawk, Quang Nam Province, on 1 March 1969, he was killed in action.

A complete list of his medals and decorations includes: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Vietnam War 1965-1973 Medal of Honor

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