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The Passing of a World War II Patriot who was sworn in to the Sons of the American Revolution

Bud Hawk's Medal of Honor
World War II Patriot is sworn in to the Sons of the American Revolution

 

John Druse (Bud) Hawk is shown being sworn into the Washington State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, John Paul Jones Chapter in Bremerton WA on 22 August 2013. He was presented his Membership Medal, World War II Certificate of Patriotism and War Service Medal by John Paul Jones Chapter President Ken Roberts, and fellow Compatriots Doug Nelson, Bob O’Neal and Mick Hersey. Assisting in the ceremony were his children Marilyn Harrelson and Mark Hawk.

 


Being sworn in by John Paul Jones President Ken Roberts

Rosette being placed on lapel by
Compatriot Mick Hersey

World War II Patriot Certificate presented by
Compatriot Doug Nelson

War Service Medal and certificate presented by Compatriot Robert O'Neal

Compatriot Bob O'Neal renders honor to
Compatriot John D. "Bud" Hawk

Compatriot "Bud" is surrounded by his daughter, Marilyn Harrelson, John Paul Jones Chapter Compatriots and
son, Mark Hawk

 

On April 15th Mick and John Paul Jones Chapter President Doug Nelson presented “Bud” his certificate for flying his flag 24/7. During this visit it was discovered that he was from a long lineage of patriots serving this country. His father served in WWI, Grandfather in Spanish American War, Great Grandfathers served in the Civil War, great-great Grandfather served in the war of 1812 and his patriot ancestor Isaac Lawrence served as a Corporal in Captain John Hartwell’s Company, Colonel Dike’s Regiment. In this regiment he participated in the Battle for Bunker Hill.

 


"Bud" looking at his flag certificate

His Medal of Honor flag, father's flag and SAR flag certificate

"Bud" signing his application

 

You may ask why we are bringing this Compatriot to the recognition of all; well here is the history behind this man!!

Sixty nine years ago this week his heroic actions led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor. On August 20 1944 armed with only a light machine gun, SGT Hawk helped hold back surrounded German forces attempting to breakout from their encirclement near Chambois, France. Artillery fire injured SGT Hawk’s leg and damaged his weapon. Despite his injury, SGT Hawk managed to locate another weapon and exposed himself to enemy forces in order to direct anti-aircraft fire onto the German’s position due to the distance and noise, the American firing team was unable to hear SGT Hawk’s firing corrections. According to his Medal of Honor Citation, SGT Hawk ran back to the firing team “through a concentration of bullets and shrapnel” to give corrected ranges to fire. After giving this report, SGT Hawk once again ran back to his position which, once again, exposed himself to enemy fire. SGT Hawk remained to direct fire until the German forces surrendered.

 


John Druse Hawk Medal of Honor Certificate

The Medal of Honor

Explaining his Purple Heart

 

While serving in Europe he would also receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal from the United Kingdom. The DCM was the 2nd highest British award for valor given to enlisted men during WWII. By the time SGT Hawk ended his Army career he was awarded four Purple Hearts to go along with a Bronze Star and the Medal of Honor. In later years he also received The French Legion of Honor. It is the highest military award that can be given to a soldier who is not a member of the French Republic.

 


John Druse Hawk's collection of awards that he showed us along with his new SAR Membership Medallion, War Service Medal, Red Apple and children's pin in honor of his many years as an educator

 

President Harry S. Truman traveled to Olympia Washington on June 21st 1945 to present the Medal of Honor to SGT Hawk on the state capitol steps. John D. “Bud” Hawk will explain that he didn’t win the Medal of Honor because it wasn’t a contest and there were many other people who are equally deserving of the award and that he is the recipient of it for all his fellow soldiers.

 


President Harry s. Truman awarding the Medal of Honor

John with his mother and father in Armed Forces Parade in Bremerton

 

In 1945, in John (Bud) Hawk’s honor the city of Bremerton would host a Parade on Armed Forces Day with “Bud” as the Grand Marshall. He would participate in the parade for many years until his health prevented him from doing so starting in 2011. The Armed Forces Parade still continues and is the largest Armed Forces and longest continually running parade for Armed Forces.

After his war service John D. Hawk returned to the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology. For more than 30 years he was a teacher and then a Principal in the Central Kitsap School District.

On April 5 2008, John D. “Bud” Hawk received the (new) Medal of Honor Flag in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia WA. On the 26th of February 2010 John was honored by the rededication of the Rolling Bay Post Office as the “John “Bud” Hawk Post Office” near where he grew up as a child, and then in 2011 Joint Base Lewis/McCord also honored him with their newest education center dedicated to him. The “John “Bud” Hawk Education Center” is a 31,000 square foot education center with nine classrooms and an auditorium.

 

 

We are greatly honored to add Compatriot John Druse "Bud" Hawk to the John Paul Jones Chapter of the Washington State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

 

 

Sergeant John Druse ‘Bud’ Hawk World War II Medal of Honor Member

 

John D. ‘Bud” Hawk was born in San Francisco, California on May 30, 1924 and grew up in the Rolling Bay area of Bainbridge Island, Washington. His mother, Margaret Helen Druse was a native of Washington. His father, Lewis Milton Hawk was a native of Wichita, Kansas. He graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1943 and joined the Army two weeks later.

By August 20, 1944, Hawk was serving in Europe as a sergeant in Company E, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. During a German counterattack on that day, near Chambois, France, he was wounded in the leg but continued to fight and, in order to direct the shots of friendly tank destroyers, he willingly exposed himself to intense enemy fire. For his actions during the battle, he was issued the Medal of Honor on July 13, 1945. The medal was formally presented to him by President Harry Truman. Hawk recovered from his wounds and continued to serve in combat. He was wounded three more times before the end of the war, earning a total of four Purple Heart medals. At the end of the battle the US Army took more than 500 prisoners.

In 1945, Hawk returned from the war and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington. For more than thirty years he worked as a teacher and principal in the Central Kitsap School District. He currently lives in Bremerton

John Druse (Bud) Hawk originally came to the attention of the John Paul Jones Chapter when a Compatriot was awarding Flag Certificates on Patriots Day. Bud Hawk agreed to have the Chapter assist in locating a Patriot from the Revolutionary War through his mother’s lineage. As research was made on his Patriot it was discovered that his lineage included War Service in World War I, The Spanish American War, The Civil War, The War of 1812 and then to his Patriot Ancestor, Great Grandfather Isaac Lawrence who was a Corporal in Captain John Hartwell’s Company, Col. Dike’s Regiment. It was earned that Isaac Lawrence participated in the Battle for Bunker Hill. Bud Hawk joined the Washington Society in June 2013 at the age of 89. His National Number is 188000. His Washington State Number is 188000.

John D. ‘Bud” Hawk died in Bremerton, WA, on November 4, 2013. His Memorial service is to be held on Veteran's Day, November 11th at 5:00 PM at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion.