|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1929|
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 2011|
New Mexico, USA
Major Alvino Cortez, U S Army (Ret), a resident of Roswell, passed away at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. Alvino was predeceased by his parents Maria Pacheco and Alvino Cortez; sisters: Marie, Rosalinda, Consulo, Lilly Anparo, Laura, Mary, Damita and Antonia; and his cousin who grew up like his brother, Joe Reyes.
Alvino was survived by his children: Major Christopher Cortez, U S Army (Ret); Steven Cortez, Elizabeth A. Robles and Elisapeta Kaisalina Visio Cortez; grandchildren: Christopher Ryan Cortez of Roswell; Ryan Clayton Cortez of Roswell; Sage Coe Jewett of Palmdale, California; Chantatl Grace Lynn DeShong of Palmdale, California. and Jayden Cortez of Roswell; and great grandchild Sofia Claire Cortez of Roswell.
On 3 Feb 1951, he married his wife Elizabeth Angeline Rodgers in Washington D.C. Alvino received his Bachelor of Arts, Ethnic Studies at California State University, in Los Angeles, California.
Alvino enlisted in the army in 1946 at the age of 17. During his 22 years in the infantry, he served with the 2nd Infantry Division, the 7th Infantry Division, the 11th Airborne Division, the 12th Calvary Division, the 25th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st. Airborne Division. Starting as a private, he attended Officer Candidate School and retired from active duty at the rank of Major. In Viet Nam, he commanded a rifle company; C Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry. He also served as the S3-Air and S2, Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and he served as a military attaché` to the U S Ambassador to Laos and Cambodia. After his active duty, he served in the Army JROTC in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA, the American Samoa Unified School District, Tutulia, American Samoa Territory and the Chinle Unified School District, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona. He served his country a total of 57 years; 22 years in the infantry and 35 years in the Army JROTC program. He retired from the JROTC at the age of 73. Alvino received designations, awards and other recognition including Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Glider Badge, Ranger Tab, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
Graveside services were held on March 11, 2011 in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The three words that sum up his life: Infantryman, husband, father. Alvino lived his life in the words of Horace: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"-It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country.
The family wish to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. The Eastern NM Medical Center, Roswell; Casa Maria Health Care Center, Roswell and the St. Theresa Healthcare and Rehab Center in Albuquerque.
MAJ US ARMY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
BRONZE STAR PURPLE HEART
Santa Fe National Cemetery
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
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Record added: May 06, 2012
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