Capt. Mervyn S. Bennion was born 5 May 1887 in Vernon, Tooele County, Utah, United States to Israel Bennion (1860-1944) and Jeanette Sharp (1859-1938) and died 7 December 1941 at the Raid on Pearl Harbor of unspecified causes. He married Annie Louise Clark (1899-1997) 5 February 1920 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Ancestors are from the United States, the United Kingdom.

His first assignment after graduation was on the USS California (ACR-6) in the engineering division. Subsequently, he was an ordnance and gunnery specialist serving in the Ordnance Bureau at Washington Naval Yard during World War I. Bennion's first command was the destroyer USS Bernadou (DD-153), followed by command of Destroyer Division One. He assumed command of the USS West Virginia on July 2, 1941.

Captain Bennion was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, while in command of the battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48). He was mortally wounded by a shrapnel shard from a bomb that blew up part of his command deck. Cook Third Class Doris Miller and several other sailors attempted to move Captain Bennion to a first aid station, but he refused to leave his post. Using one arm to hold his wounds closed, Bennion bled to death on the spot while still commanding his crew. Captain Bennion posthumously received the Medal of Honor. He is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.


Offspring of Capt. Mervyn S. Bennion and Annie Louise Clark (1899-1997)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mervyn Sharp Bennion (1925-2003) 20 April 1925 Washington, District of Columbia, United States 26 August 2003 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States LaRee Stradling (1925-1999)


Offspring of Israel Bennion and Jeanette Sharp (1859-1938)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jeanette Bennion (1885-1968)
Mervyn Sharp Bennion (1887-1941) 5 May 1887 Vernon, Tooele County, Utah, United States 7 December 1941 U.S.S. West Virginia, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States Annie Louise Clark (1899-1997)

Howard Sharp Bennion (1892-1972)
Glynn Sharp Bennion (1892-1972)
Kenneth Sharp Bennion (1894-1966)
Rolff Sharp Bennion (1896-1896)
Lowell Sharp Bennion (1898-1940)
Ephraim Bennion (1901-1901)
Muriel Bennion (1902-1992)

Offspring of Israel Bennion and Matilda Pehrson (1862-1948)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Angus Pehrson Bennion (1892-1971)
Myrtle Pehrson Bennion (1895-1895)
Zella Pehrson Bennion (1896-1896)
Rulon Pehrson Bennion (1897-1921)
Judith Bennion (1901-1980)
Ruth Bennion (1907-1999)



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