Wall of Valor
Gunner’s Mate Second Class Walter Trbovich
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL to Walter Trbovich, Gunner’s Mate Second Class. for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Gun Captain of a 40-mm Mount on board the U.S.S. BENNION, in action against enemy Japenese forces, in the vicinity of Okinawa. April 12, 1945. Although wounded when his ship was damaged by a savage Japanese suicide attack. TRBOVICH rendered first aid to the more seriously wounded and remanning his gun with reliefs, continued to defend his ship. His leadership. courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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