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Meet Floyd Bonn

From Miss Ladybug, via an email list I am a part of:

This is my dad's uncle. My dad commented that all he was awarded was a Purple Heart (though I don't think it was from this incident). I need to get around to requesting Uncle Floyd's military service records. He never married, so has no decendents to remember him...

Miss Ladybug

Floyd E. Bonn

For a scan that might be a bit easier to read - click here.  Miss Ladybug continued:

This is my dad's uncle. My dad commented that all he was awarded was a Purple Heart (though I don't think it was from this incident). I need to get around to requesting Uncle Floyd's military service records. He never married, so has no decendents to remember him...

I never spent much time with Uncle Floyd. We only lived in San Antonio from about 74 to 78, and he passed away when I was in college. He apparently never really spoke about his experiences. Never married, lived alone, likely dealt with "shell shock" all those years. My dad is going through a bunch of stuff that belonged to his mother. So far, he's unearthed three variations on that one article and an old photo of Uncle Floyd in uniform holding my dad as a little boy. It's amazing how much he looks like my dad. Guess that confirms which side of the family he takes after ;-)

I have to quibble with Miss Ladybug a bit - Uncle Floyd has a niece who remembers him.  And now, here at Castle Argghhh!, where we make a mini-industry out of remembering the not-famous everyday joes and janes and who put their lives on hold and at risk in the service of the nation, Uncle Floyd has a whole new group of people who know him, and honor his service.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam of Private First Class Floyd E. Bonn, who, while serviing with the 7th Infantry Division on Okinawa, killed a Japanese soldier with that soldier's own bayonet in order to save his buddy's life.  You can't ask for more of a man than that.

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I'm pretty sure that there's an American Soldier out there who remembers the day Bonn saved his life... allowing him to come home in one piece instead of in a box.  No one will ever forget that.

Other than the story itself, what surprised me was the language used in the article- Jap and Nip?  Could you imagine an article today describing a similar incident between an American and a Camel Jockey, Towel-Head, or the like?  I can't.  I guess the MSM has come a long way.

 
Your observation is a different post, AFSis.  I decided tackling that in this post would detract from PFC Bonn.
 
This is the kind of Soldier we should call "hero." whether they like it or not..

Don't let the Pentagon budget weenies see this story.  They will use it as proof that we don't need to waste all that money buying guns and bayhoents for OUR troops when they can use those provided bythe enemy.  Leaves more money for "social programs" that way...














 
John-
Yes, the second observation is a different post- you are correct.  But my first observation is that there's a buddy out there who will never forget what Floyd did that day, nor will his family.  That is, and should be, the focus.  I can't imagine the fear and simultaneous bravery he faced that day.
 
Here's to PFC Bonn, may he Rest In Peace.  He died young, but he's in a better place now.
 
Actually, Lamigra - he didn't die on that day.  He survived the war and died decades later.  Though, perhaps, he never *escaped* the war.
 
 Thanks, John.

Uncle Floyd, the youngest of eight children, passed away at the age of 77, in 1994.
 
Good job, Armorer!
 
Your uncle fought in the battle that secured Yontan Airfield, Miss L.

He indirectly saved many more US lives -- Marine fighter squadrons operating from Yontan and Naha later shot down many of the 2,000 kamikazes attacking the fleet around Okinawa that never made it to their targets.
 
Ms. L., I'm with UncaBill.  Gratefull we all are, of him.
 
Bill~
Technically, he's my great-uncle.  You know your WWII history better than I.  I wouldn't have known that.  I do still want to request Uncle Floyd's records.  I have my grandfather's (was able to get them without having to pay anything, since I could have my mom sign off on the request), but I've no idea how much it might cost me to get the full record for Uncle Floyd.  There just aren't enough hours in the day for me to do all the things I want to do ;-)
 
I know the relevant portions of the Battle of Okinawa, anyway, Miss L -- my dad was one of those Corsair pilots flying out of Yontan, defending the radar picket destroyers.

At *night*. Which meant he had a better chance of surviving landings on a flare-lit runway than on a blacked-out carrier.

Dad *hated* carrier landings in an F4U...
 
I asked my dad what he knew about Uncle Floyd's military service last night.  I guess he did talk to him about it some.  Daddy thinks he was also involved with the Aleutian campaign, as well as Kwajalein and the Phillipines, in addition to Okinawa.  Uncle Floyd lost most of the souveniers he'd collected when his troop transport was sunk (I assume while he wasn't on it), though I can't recall where that was (Phillipines??).

My grandfather, on the other side of the family, was a Hellcat pilot in the Pacific.  I need to finish cross-referencing his "combat diary" with dates of actions, along with this military records, and try to see how all this fits together...
 
I wasn't assuming that he died in that action, but was going by the mid-70s timeframe, which would have put him in his 50s.  I see, tho, that that wasn't correct either, in that he died in 1994 at age 77.
 
Miss Ladybug, if you need some assistance in requesting your Great-Uncle's records, I may be able to be of some assistance, or, rather, my sister can.  She's had some experience in acquiring such.  The Armourer can give you my email address.
 
But only if you don't go all canuckistani on my nick!
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7th_Infantry_Division_(United_States)

A brief history of the 7th Infantry Division in WWII.  There are probably better, official histories, but this was the first one I came across, and I, personally, like Wikipedia.

There's an echo in here, _Armorer_.
 
A well known phenomenon, Lamigra.  The Great Hall Echo.

I, too, like Wikipedia - for non-controversial entries.  You still have to read 'em, because the high-schoolers like to put in jokes, like the entry on Jeremy Bentham where it averred that: 

He went to Westminster School, and after defeating the Decepticons in 1760 his father sent him to The Queen's College, Oxford, where he took his Bachelor's degree in 1763 and his Master's degree in 1766. He trained as a lawyer and (though he never practised) was called to the bar in 1769. He became deeply frustrated with the complexity of the English legal code, which he termed the "Demon of Chicane".
 
 Lamigra~
I assume it would be the same as how we requested my grandfather's records, from the place in St. Louis...

As for the time we were near to Uncle Floyd, my dad was in the Army, so we were most often not in San Antonio, and when we were, I was just a little girl.
 
Miss Ladybug

You assume correctly, except that it can all be done on-line.  I'll get the URL from my sister tonite.
 
Click Here for everything you need to know about requesting vet records.
 
That's the one!  Thank you RJ, for saving me the time!
 
That's the one!

Thank you, RJ, for saving me the time!
 
That's the one!

Thanks, RJ, for saving me the time!
 
It wasn't double tap!  I swear (oops) it wasn't me!  Dang thing kept giving me a "Bad Respose"...
 
You're welcome, Lam

You're welcome, Lam

You're welcome, Lam

I didn't mean to steal your thunder there, but I have it bookmarked on my machine here, and I shamelessly took the opportunity to show off my copy/paste skills.

 
Dad *hated* carrier landings in an F4U...
Well, considering that the suckers tended to constantly pull to one side I can imagine he would.  One mother of an engine in the strange looking bird. 
 
 Thanks, y'all.