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Mahoning JFS chief Bush inducted into Ohio military HOF

Published: Sat, May 3, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



Sgt. Robert E. Bush Jr. was a helicopter gunner in September 1967 when his squadron came under heavy automatic weapons fire in Vietnam.

With a need to get badly wounded U.S. Marines and others on board the aircraft to safety, Bush fired back with one hand while holding his bullet-torn thigh with the other.

He said he didn’t feel like a hero at the time.

“I was covering my butt, trying to get out of that zone with a planeload of wounded guys, and it was my duty,” he said.

On Friday, Bush, a former Youngstown police chief and current head of Mahoning County Department of Job & Family Services, was among 20 military men who were honored for their service as the newest members of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor.

The inductions spotlight veterans who put their lives on the line in combat and who received medals for their bravery. Ceremonies at the Statehouse included accounts of heroic acts on the battlefield; half of this year’s inductees were posthumous, with recipients who died in the line of duty.

“These are real stories,” said Brent Greer, who served as master of the ceremonies. “These are heroes. The stories you heard today, we have to remind ourselves that these are real events. They’re not off a movie set, they happened. These are individuals who fought for our freedoms, and their sacrifice reminds us of those who fight for our freedom today.”

Bush served in Vietnam for about 15 months and was injured twice, spending more than a month in the hospital for the aforementioned incident.

“It’s something that you’re called upon to do, maybe not consciously, but it’s for God and country,” he said. “I don’t think you’re looking for any pats on the back ... but circumstances line up, and you’re called upon and you do what you can do.”


1handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

He was a heck of a businessman too. According to vindy records when he pays back an accumulated debt of about 77,000 dollars for a beauty supply store he had owned and operated at the McGuffey mall years ago he'll be even more a hero to the county.

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2handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Well Johnny, I did both, fought to preserve the liberties that your dumb butt enjoys and currently run a business,that's why I can say exactly what I said with great mental awareness and a working knowledge of exactly what I stated.

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3handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

That being said dear Johnny. Millions of americans fought in wars and ran a business like myself for instance. You did what you had to do in order to survive. Now if you want to back an american that you consider to be a hero and I don 't thats up to you. I'll back the guy who pays his taxes, has earned exactly what he was able to make of himself without letting color sway the outcome, continues to be a productive member of society without getting a pat on the head, and not be a burden upon it. Also, Johnny, quit watching Jack Nicholson flicks and quote some of your own material if your mental capacity can bring forth any iota of an itellegence

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4DontBanThisDrone(806 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

lol @ handymandave


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