Harry Bruce "Retreat Hell" Award
In his honor, BVMCL presents the Harry Bruce “Retreat Hell” Award – a Mameluke sword – to the most outstanding Texas A&M student pursuing a commission in the United States Marine Corps. Mrs. Dottie Bruce (Harry's widowed wife) often attends to present the sword.
The award name was inspired by the Korean War, of which Harry Bruce was a decorated veteran. Faced with tough fighting between the blocking Chinese divisions and the withdrawing Marines at the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, Major General Oliver P. Smith, commander of the 1st Marine Division, remarked: "Retreat, hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction."
(Each recipient was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.)