World War II
Ken Burns’ documentary is excellent, as expected.
It inspired me to dig up stats on the small town of 10,000 in which I was born, and I found dozens of obituaries of those killed in action in Europe and the Pacific.
One guy even won the Medal of Honor:
BAUSELL, Lewis Kenneth. Marine Corps Corporal Died of Wounds 09/18/1944
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps.
Born: 17 April 1924, Pulaski, Va.
Accredited to: District of Columbia. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island, Palau Group, 15 September 1944. Valiantly placing himself at the head of his squad, Cpl. Bausell led the charge forward against a hostile pillbox whichwas 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.
Lewis K. Bausell
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Died: September 18, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Awards: Medal of Honor, Purple Heart