Monday, March 15, 2010
Captain Mervyn S. Bennion was the Captain of the U.S. West Virginia that went down in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941. He was the first Latter-day-Saint to receive the Medal of Honor during WWII. I did some research to find out how we are related. He was Grandma Barrus' 3rd Cousin (through our great-grandmother Mary Emma Sharp) making him our 4th cousin. He is one we want to claim. (His story was also included in the movie "Pearl Harbor"). For many years Mom & I would put an American Flag on his grave and clean up the area. I should also figure out how we are related to Henry B. Erying (B. for Bennion) while I'm at it. Then next - how we are related to the Osmonds and Merlin Olsen!