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Sgt Edras S Montoya
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Birth: Aug. 11, 1916
Monticello
Sierra County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jul. 24, 2010
Albuquerque
Bernalillo County
New Mexico, USA

Edras, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by parents Polidoro and Barbarita Montoya; sister Manuelita Montoya and brothers Eloy Montoya and Jose Montoya.

Edras was survived by his wife of 64 years, Elena Montoya; sons: Carlos (wife Grace); Frank (wife Jean); daughters: Angie Dawson (husband Bill); Lydia Cote (husband Raymond); Eileen Henz (husband Jim); grandchildren: Rachel Greene (husband Colt); Christine Montoya, Jacob Montoya, Andy Montoya, Melissa Cote, Janelle Cote, Lucas Baca, and James Henz; great-grandchild: Emery Greene; brothers and sisters: Prospero Montoya, Perfecto Montoya, Isabel Bernal, Elias Montoya and Ofelia Ramos.

Edras was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He was born and grew up in Monticello, New Mexico. He retired from Kirtland Air Force Base after 29 years and was a faithful and active parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for over sixty years.

As a member of G Battery of the 200th Coast Artillery he was with the last defense of the Philippines during WWII. After they were surrendered, he became a prisoner of war and began the Bataan Death March. Suffering from a bayonet wound and malaria, he nearly completed the March. About a mile from San Fernando, while Japanese guards were firing on a group of prisoners attempting to get water from a well, he escaped into the jungle. With the aid of Filipino civilians and guerrillas he survived mostly alone for the next three years. In January 1944, he made contact with American forces landing at Subic Bay. Edras was one of four men profiled in Dorothy Cave's "Four Trails to Valor". Among his military awards are the Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, POW Medal, Bataan Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Defense Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.

Edras was a dedicated family man and an avid gardener. The family would like to thank the caretakers throughout his life, VA Hospital, nurses, doctors, home health aides, and SolAmor Hospice.

A Rosary was held on July 28, 2010 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 820 Broadway SE, Albuquerque. Mass was held on July 29, 2010 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial was on July 30, 2010 at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Francis Xavier Parish. Edras will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
 
 
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  Elena Trujillo Montoya (1921 - 2012)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
SGT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
BRONZE STAR PURPLE HEART
 
Burial:
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Plot: 20-944
 
Created by: truchasnm
Record added: Jan 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83369356
Sgt Edras S Montoya
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Sgt Edras S Montoya
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Sgt Edras S Montoya
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