Added Medal of Honor Citations

12 August
ALVARADO, LEONARD L.
Rank and Organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army. Place and Date: Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam, August 12, 1969. Born: February 13, 1947, Bakersfield, CA. Entered Service At: Bakersfield, CA. G.O. Number: .Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To:
Citation: Alvarado distinguished himself on Aug. 12, 1969, while serving as a rifleman during a mission to relieve a sister platoon, in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam. Alvarado was killed in action after disrupting an enemy raid and saving the lives of several comrades, leaving behind his wife and young daughter.

15 November
BALDONADO, JOE R.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company B, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment. Place and Date: November 15, 1950. Kangdong, Korea. Born: August 28, 1930, Colorado. Departed: Yes (11/25/1950). Entered Service At: Santa Clara, CA. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Baldonado distinguished himself on Nov. 25, 1950, while serving as a machine-gunner in the vicinity of Kangdong, Korea. Baldonado’s platoon was occupying Hill 171 when the enemy attacked, attempting to take their position. Baldonado held an exposed position, cutting down wave after wave of enemy troops even as they targeted attacks on his position. During the final assault by the enemy, a grenade landed near Baldanado’s gun, killing him instantly. His remains still have not been found.

3 December
*CANO, PEDRO
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company C, 4th U.S. Infantry. Place / Date: December 2-3, 1944, Schevenhutte, Germany. Born: June 19, 1920, La Morita, Mexico. Departed: Yes (06/24/1952). Entered Service At: Texas. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Cano is being recognized for his valorous actions in the months-long battle of Hurtgen Forest. He was advancing with his company near Schevenhutte, Germany, in December 1944, when the unit met heavy enemy resistance. During a two-day period, Cano eliminated nearly 30 enemy troops. Sometime later, while on patrol, Cano and his platoon were surprised by German soldiers that caused numerous casualties within their platoon. Cano lay motionless on the ground until the assailants closed in, then tossed a grenade into their midst, wounding or killing all of them. It was in this engagement, or shortly thereafter, that Cano sustained serious injuries. He was returned to the States and placed in a Veterans hospital in Waco, Texas. After which, he returned home to his wife and daughter in Edinburg. Cano would pass away six years later. Posthumously, Cano received the Texas Legislature Medal of Honor. A school in Edinburg, Texas is named after Cano.

4 April
CONDE-FALCON, FELIX M.
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 1st Battalion, 82d Division. Place and Date: April 4, 1969, Ap Tan Hoa, Vietnam. Born: February 24, 1938, Juncos, Puerto Rico. Departed: Yes (04/04/1969). Entered Service At: Chicago, IL. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Conde-Falcon distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions, April 4, 1969, while serving as platoon leader during a sweep operation in the vicinity of Ap Tan Hoa, Vietnam. Entering a heavily wooded section on the route of advance, the company encountered an extensive enemy bunker complex, later identified as a battalion command post. Following tactical artillery and air strikes on the heavily secured communist position, the platoon of Conde-Falcon was selected to assault and clear the bunker fortifications. Moving out ahead of his platoon, he charged the first bunker, heaving grenades as he went. As the hostile fire increased, he crawled to the blind side of an entrenchment position, jumped to the roof, and tossed a lethal grenade into the bunker aperture. Without hesitating, he proceeded to two additional bunkers, both of which he destroyed in the same manner as the first. Rejoined with his platoon, he advanced about one hundred meters through the trees, only to come under intense hostile fire. Selecting three men to accompany him, he maneuvered toward the enemy’s flank position. Carrying a machine-gun, he single-handedly assaulted the nearest fortification, killing the enemy inside before running out of ammunition. After returning to the three men with his empty weapon and taking up an M-16 rifle, he concentrated on the next bunker. Within ten meters of his goal, he was shot by an unseen assailant and soon died of his wounds. His great courage, his ability to act appropriately and decisively in accomplishing his mission, his dedication to the welfare of his men mark him as an outstanding leader Conde-Falcon’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

29 August
COPAS, ARDIE R.
Rank and Organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army. Place and Date: May 12, 1970, Ph Romeas Hek, Cambodia. Born: August, 29, 1950, Fort Pierce, FL. Departed: Yes (05/12/1970). Entered Service At: Fort Pierce, FL. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Then-Spc. 4 Ardie R. Copas distinguished himself on May 12, 1970, while serving as a machine-gunner near Ph Romeas Hek, Cambodia. When his convoy was ambushed, Copas repelled the enemy under heavy fire, holding his post while his wounded comrades were evacuated. Copas was killed in action.

10 April
*DURAN, JESUS S.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place / Date: April 10, 1969, Ph Romeas Hek, Cambodia. Born: July 26, 1948, Juarez, Mexico. Departed: Yes (02/17/1977). Entered Service At: CA. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: In the course of the third phase of the Vietnam War, then-Spc. 4 Jesus S. Duran distinguished himself on April 10, 1969, as a machine-gunner on a search and clear operation. His actions saved several wounded Americans and led to the enemy’s retreat.

21 May
*EREVIA, SANTIAGO J.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and Date: May 21, 1969, Tam Ky, Vietnam. Born: 1946, Nordheim, TX. Departed: No. Entered Service At: San Antonio, TX. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Then-Spc. 4 Erevia distinguished himself May 21, 1969, while serving as a radio-telephone operator during a search-and-clear mission near Tam Ky City, in the Republic of Vietnam.

9 June
GANDARA, JOE
Rank and Organization: Private. U.S. Army. Company D, 2d Battalion. 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Place and Date: June 9, 1944, Amfreville, France. Born: April 25, 1924, Santa Monica, CA . Departed: Yes (06/09/1944). Entered Service At: Los Angeles, CA. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Gandara is being recognized for his heroic actions on June 9, 1944, in Amfreville, France. His detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Gandara advanced voluntarily and alone toward the enemy position and destroyed three hostile machine-guns before he was fatally wounded.

8 December
*GARCIA, CANDELARIO
Rank and Organization: Sergeant. U.S. Army. Company B, 1st Battalion. 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Place and Date: December 8, 1968, Lai Khe, Vietnam. Born: February 26, 1944, Corsicana, TX . Departed: Yes (01/10/2013). Entered Service At: . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Garcia distinguished himself on Dec. 8, 1968, as a team leader during a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Lai Khe, Vietnam. Garcia destroyed two enemy machine-gun positions in an attempt to aid casualties that were in the open and under fire. Garcia then rejoined his company in a successful assault on the remaining enemy positions.

3 September
*GOMEZ, EDUARDO C.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant First Class. U.S. Army. Company 1. 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and Date: September 3, 1950, Tabu-dong, Korea. Born: October 28, 1919, Los Angeles, CA. Departed: Yes (01/29/1972). Entered Service At: . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Then-Sgt. Eduardo Gomez distinguished himself by defending his company as it was ruthlessly attacked by a hostile force. Notably, Gomez maneuvered across open ground to successfully assault a manned tank. Wounded during his retreat from the tank, Gomez refused medical attention, instead manning his post and firing upon the enemy until his company formed a defensive perimeter.

7 March
KRAVITZ, LEONARD M.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class. U.S. Army. Company M, 3d Battalion. 5th Regiment. Place and Date: March 6-7, 1951, Yangpyong, Korea. Born: 1931, Brooklyn, NY . Departed: Yes (03/07/1951). Entered Service At: New York. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Kravitz is being recognized for his actions in Yangpyong, Korea, March 6-7, 1951. While occupying defensive positions, Kravitz’s unit was overrun by enemy combatants and forced to withdraw. Kravitz voluntarily remained at a machine-gun position to provide suppressive fire for the retreating troops. This forced the enemy to concentrate their attack on his own position. Kravitz ultimately did not survive the attack, but his actions saved his entire platoon.

28 May
*LARA, SALVADOR J.
Rank and Organization: Private First Class. U.S. Army. Company L. 180th Infantry. Place and Date: May 27-28, 1944, Aprilia, Italy. Born: 1920. Departed: Yes (05/28/1945). Entered Service At: Riverside, CA. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Then-Pfc. Salvador Lara is being recognized for his valorous actions in Aprilia, Italy, May 27-28, 1944. During the fight, May 27, he aggressively led his rifle squad in neutralizing multiple enemy strong points and inflicting large numbers of casualties on the enemy. The next morning, as his company resumed the attack, Lara sustained a severe leg wound, but did not stop to receive first aid. Lara continued his exemplary performance until he captured his objective. [Note — The exact date of Lara’s death is not know, but is approximated.].

7 November
*LEONARD, WILLIAM F.
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant. U.S. Army. Company C, 30th Infantry. Place and Date: November 7, 1944, St. Die, France. Born: August 9, 1913, Lockport, NJ . Departed: Yes (08/04/1985). Entered Service At: Lockport, NJ . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Then-Pfc. William F. Leonard is being recognized for his valorous actions while serving as a squad leader with Company C, 30th Infantry, on Nov. 7, 1944, near St. Die, France. Leonard’s platoon was reduced to eight men by blistering artillery, mortar, machine-gun, and rifle power. Leonard led the survivors in an assault over a tree-and-shrub-covered hill, continuously swept by automatic fire. Killing two snipers at ranges of 50 and 75 yards, he disregarded bullets that pierced his back to engage and destroy a machine-gun with rifle grenades, killing its two-man crew. Stunned by an exploding bazooka shell, he continued his relentless advance to knock out a second a machine-gun and capture the roadblock objective.

4 October
*MENDOZA, MANUEL V.
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant. U.S. Army. Company B, 250th Infanry. 88th Infantry Division. Place and Date: October 4, 1944, Mt. Battaglia, Italy. Born: June 15, 1922, Miami, AZ . Departed: Yes (12/12/2001). Entered Service At: Phoenix, AZ. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: Arizona. Citation: Then-Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza is being recognized for his actions on Oct. 4, 1944, in Mt. Battaglia, Italy, where he is credited with single-handedly breaking up a German counterattack.

17 September
*MORRIS, MELVIN
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant. U.S. Army. 3d Company. Place and Date: September 17, 1969, Chi Lang, Vietnam. Born: January 7, 1942, Okmulgee, OK . Departed: No. Entered Service At: Fort Bragg, NC. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Melvin Morris is being recognized for his valorous actions on Sept. 17, 1969, while commanding the Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force near Chi Lang. Then-Staff Sgt. Morris led an advance across enemy lines to retrieve a fallen comrade and single-handedly destroyed an enemy force that had pinned his battalion from a series of bunkers. Staff Sgt. Morris was shot three times as he ran back toward friendly lines with the American casualties, but did not stop until he reached safety.

28 April
*NEGRON, JUAN E.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant. U.S. Army. Place and Date: April 28, 1951, Kalma-Eri, Korea. Born: September 26, 1929, Corozal, Puerto Rico . Departed: Yes (03/29/1996). Entered Service At: . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Then-Sgt. Juan E. Negron distinguished himself on April 28, 1951, for actions near Kalma-Eri, Korea. Negron held the most vulnerable position on his company’s exposed right flank after an enemy force had overrun a section of the line. He held the position throughout the night, accurately hurling hand grenades at short range when hostile troops approached his position.

18 November
NIETZEL, ALFRED B.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant. U.S. Army. Company H, 16th Infantry Regiment. 1st Infantry Division. Place and Date: November 18, 1944, Heistern, Germany. Born: April 27, 1921, Queens, NY . Departed: Yes (11/18/1944). Entered Service At: Jamaica, NY. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Nietzel is being recognized for his valorous actions in Heistern, Germany, Nov. 18, 1944. When an enemy assault threatened to overrun his unit’s position, Nietzel selflessly covered for the retreating members of his squad, expending all his ammunition and holding his post until he was killed by an enemy hand grenade.

4 September
PENA, MIKE C.
Rank and Organization: Master Sergeant. U.S. Army. Company F, 2d Battalion. 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and Date: September 4, 1950, Waegwan, Korea. Born: November 6, 1924, Newgulf, TX . Departed: Yes (09/05/1950). Entered Service At: El Paso, TX. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Pena is being recognized for his actions on the evening of Sept. 4, 1950, near Waegwan, Korea, when his unit was fiercely attacked. During the course of the counter-attack, Pena realized that their ammunition was running out, and ordered his unit to retreat. Pena then manned a machine-gun to cover their withdrawal. He single-handedly held back the enemy until morning when his position was overrun, and he was killed.

23 May
*RIVERA, DEMENSIO
Rank and Organization: Private. U.S. Army. Company G, 2d Battalion. 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and Date: May 22-23, 1951, Changyongni, Korea. Born: April 29, 1933, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico . Departed: Yes (03/19/1967). Entered Service At: New York. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: New York. Citation: Then-Pvt. Demensio Rivera is being recognized for his actions at Changyongni, Korea, May 22-23, 1951. When the outpost area occupied by his platoon was assaulted during the night, Rivera, an automatic rifleman, held his forward position tenaciously, although exposed to very heavy fire. When his rifle became inoperative, Rivera employed his pistol and grenades, and eventually fought the enemy hand-to-hand and forced them back.

1 September
*RODELA, JOSE
Rank and Organization: Sergeant First Class. U.S. Army. Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3312. Place and Date: September 1, 1969. Born: June 15, 1937, Corpus Christi, TX . Departed: No. Entered Service At: Corpus Christi, TX. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Rodela is being recognized for his valorous actions on Sept. 1, 1969, while serving as the company commander in Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam. Rodela commanded his company throughout 18 hours of continuous contact when his battalion was attacked and taking heavy casualties. Throughout the battle, in spite of his wounds, Rodela repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to attend to the fallen and eliminate an enemy rocket position.

17 September
*SCHWAB, DONALD K
Rank and Organization: First Lieutenant. U.S. Army. Place and Date: September 17, 1944, Lure, France. Born: December 6, 1918, Hooper, NE . Departed: Yes (02/19/2005). Entered Service At: . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Schwab distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on Sept. 17, 1944. His courage and determination resulted in the dismantling of a strong German position and he would take one prisoner of war.

21 September
VERA, MIGUEL A.
Rank and Organization: Private. U.S. Army. Company F, 2d Battalion. 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and Date: September 21, 1952, Chorwon, Korea. Born: May 3, 1932, Puerto Rico . Departed: Yes (09/21/1952). Entered Service At: . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Vera is being recognized for his heroic actions at Chorwon, Korea, Sept. 21, 1952. While Vera’s unit attempted to retake the right sector of “Old Baldy”, they came under heavy fire at close range and were forced back. Vera selflessly chose to stay behind and cover the troop’s withdrawal, and lost his life during this action.

19 October
*WEINSTEIN, JACK
Rank and Organization: Sergeant. U.S. Army. Company G. 21st U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: October 19, 1951, Kumson, Korea. Born: October 18, 1928, Lamar, MO . Departed: Yes (04/20/2006). Entered Service At: . G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: . Citation: Weinstein is being recognized for his exceptionally valorous actions on Oct. 19, 1951, in the vicinity of Kumson, Korea, when his platoon came under enemy attack. He volunteered to stay back and provide cover while his men withdrew from their positions. Weinstein killed six enemy combatants and, after running out of ammunition, used enemy grenades around him to keep the enemy forces back. Weinstein held his position until friendly forces moved back in and pushed the enemy back.

8 September
*SWENSON, WILLIAM D.
Rank and Organization: Captain. U.S. Army. 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. 10th Mountain. Place and Date: Sep. 8, 2009, Ganjgal, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Born: November 2, 1978. Departed: No. Entered Service At: Ft. Benning, Georgia. G.O. Number: . Date of Issue: 10/15/2013. Accredited To: . Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Captain William D. Swenson distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border Police, Task Force Phoenix, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on September 8, 2009. On that morning, more than 60 well-armed, well-positioned enemy fighters ambushed Captain Swenson’s combat team as it moved on foot into the village of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders. As the enemy unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenade, mortar and machine gun fire, Captain Swenson immediately returned fire and coordinated and directed the response of his Afghan Border Police, while simultaneously calling in suppressive artillery fire and aviation support. After the enemy effectively flanked Coalition Forces, Captain Swenson repeatedly called for smoke to cover the withdrawal of the forward elements. Surrounded on three sides by enemy forces inflicting effective and accurate fire, Captain Swenson coordinated air assets, indirect fire support and medical evacuation helicopter support to allow for the evacuation of the wounded. Captain Swenson ignored enemy radio transmissions demanding surrender and maneuvered uncovered to render medical aid to a wounded fellow soldier. Captain Swenson stopped administering aid long enough to throw a grenade at approaching enemy forces, before assisting with moving the soldier for air evacuation. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Swenson unhesitatingly led a team in an unarmored vehicle into the kill zone, exposing himself to enemy fire on at least two occasions, to recover the wounded and search for four missing comrades. After using aviation support to mark locations of fallen and wounded comrades, it became clear that ground recovery of the fallen was required due to heavy enemy fire on helicopter landing zones. Captain Swenson’s team returned to the kill zone another time in a Humvee. Captain Swenson voluntarily exited the vehicle, exposing himself to enemy fire, to locate and recover three fallen Marines and one fallen Navy corpsman. His exceptional leadership and stout resistance against the enemy during six hours of continuous fighting rallied his teammates and effectively disrupted the enemy’s assault. Captain William D. Swenson’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Task Force Phoenix, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and the United States Army.

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