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George Stanley Bussa

Date of death: MIA: November 20, 1943
Burial location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Place of Birth: Illinois, Chicago
Home of record: Chicago Illinois
Status: MIA


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Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Platoon Sergeant George Stanley Bussa (MCSN: 0-26460/244661), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for gallantry in action while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against the enemy on 15 January 1943, on Guadalcanal. After his platoon leader was evacuated for illness, Platoon Sergeant Bussa took command and personally led his platoon into action in the ravine west of Point Cruz and at all times fought bravely. Against heavy opposition the men under his leadership destroyed three enemy machine guns and other weapons. He accompanied the Company Commander and the Demolitions Officer into the enemy lines to locate targets. With the fire of his platoon he covered the demolition party while enemy positions were destroyed.

General Orders: Headquarters, United States Army Forces in the South Pacific Area, General Orders No. 47 (February 22, 1943)

Action Date: January 15, 1943

Service: Marine Corps

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 8th Marines

Division: 2d Marine Division