Bussey American Legion Post #505: World War II Veterans

Photos and Service Records: Surnames BC

The following information is from a book published by the Bussey American Legion Post No. 505 in 1947. Businesses and individuals from Bussey, Albia, Knoxville, Tracy, Attica, Hamilton and Lovilia, Iowa provided financial assistance. The Post dedicated the book as "a memorial to our buddies, who were killed in action."

(Note: Names in the book are not in alphabetical order; however, I have alphabetized them. ~KB)

Note: To return to the List and Index of World War II Veterans, go to BusseyPost_WWII.php.

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Charles Barnhill Cpl. Charles Barnhill, A.A.F.
Entered service September 18,1942. Overseas May 24,1943, Goose Bay, Labrador. Returned to States, August 15, 1945. Discharged Oct 28, 1945. In service 37 months.
William R. Bennett William R. Bennett, A.M.M. 2/c
Entered Navy July 10, 1942. Graduated machinists school, Chicago as A.M.M. 3/c qualified aerial gunner. Overseas aboard U.S.S. Mt Pelier for 19 months. Action in Fiela Gulf, Bougainville, Marshalls, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Phillipines area. Decorations: Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct and Victory Medal. Discharged April 23, 1946.
Orpha J. Bloom Orpha J Bloom, T/5
Entered service January 10,1945. Trained at Ft. Des Moines, took medical training at Wm. Beaumont Hospital, Chickaska, Oklahoma. Assigned to Brons General Hospital Santa Fe, New Mexico. Decorations: Victory Medal. Discharged January 4, 1946. In service 11 months 25 days.
Wesley B. Bloom Wesley B Bloom, S 1/c
Entered service November 4,1942. Overseas Pacific area, January, 1945 to April 1946. Decorations: Asiatic-Pacific, American Defense, Victory Medal. Discharged April 12, 1946. In service 41 months, 8 days.
Owen C. Bonnett S/Sgt. Owen C. Bonnett 37194695
Entered service May 11,1942 at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa. Overseas November 17, 1944, New Caledonia, Okinawa and Oahu. 12 months overseas. Decorations: Good Conduct, Bronze Star for Ryukus Campaign. Returned November 21, 1945. Discharged December 6, 1945, Jefferson Barracks. In the service 43 months.
Paul Bonnett Sgt. Paul Bonnett, 7th Armored Division
Entered service January 8, 1942. In April was shipped to Puerto Rico, then in April returned to States as instructor in motor pool. Overseas on Queen Mary, to France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Returned to States October 12, 1945. Decorations: Combat Infantry Badge, E.T.O. Ribbon, 4 battle stars, Bronze Star. Discharged October 20, 1945.
Albert J. Bregar Cpl. Albert J. Bregar, 27th Air Depot Group
Entered service April 2, 1942. Overseas, November 3, 1942, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Biak Pelalui, Leyte Island, till September 9, 1945. Decorations: Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, 1 battle star. Discharged October 5, 1945. In service 42 months.
Donald C. Carr Donald C. Carr, S 1/c Navy, 620-5-79
Entered service April 16,1942. Overseas Pacific June 7, 1944, Phillipines, Okinawa, China till January 1946. Decorations: American Area Campaign Medal, 2 bronze stars, Good Conduct, Victory Medal. Discharged January 29, 1946. In service 45 months.

Contributed by Karyl Bonnett, North Liberty, Iowa, with the permission of Oren Shobe, the present commander of Post #505 (January 2007).