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U of U Veterans Medallion


Branch: Navy
Theatre: World War II

Art Buell enlisted in the Navy at age 17. He was aboard the maintenance ship USS Medusa at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 where he witnessed the sinking of the battleship USS Utah during the Japanese attack. Following a year and a half of vital repair service at Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to a Navy landing craft in the spring of 1943. He was involved in two amphibious landings in the battle of the Solomon Islands near Guadalcanal. He later gained a naval commission, served on three destroyers, and in 1958 commanded the Naval ROTC program at the University of Utah.

Honor A Veteran

Selections are only based on the nominee's military service
Nominees do not have to be alumni or associated with the university in any way. Each year, the committee selects eleven honorees based on noteworthy honor, courage, commitment, and sacrifice during their military service to our nation, but decorations for valor are not required. Selections are only based on the nominee's military service.