*BRUCE, DANIEL D.
Rank and organization:
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion,
5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Fire Support Base Tomahawk,
Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 March 1969. Entered service at: Chicago,
111. Born: 18 May 1950, Michigan City, Ind.
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 3d Battalion, against the enemy. Early in
the morning Pfc. Bruce was on watch in his night defensive position at fire support base
tomahawk when he heard movements ahead of him. An enemy explosive charge was thrown toward
his position and he reacted instantly, catching the device and shouting to alert his
companions. Realizing the danger to the adjacent position with its 2 occupants, Pfc. 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. Pfc. Bruce's indomitable courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty
saved the lives of 3 of his fellow marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine
Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.