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PFC Luis Angel "Hombre" Garza Alaniz, Jr
Birth: Aug. 27, 1949
Edinburg
Hidalgo County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1970
Quang Tri, Vietnam

In loving memory of... PFC. Luis Angel Alaniz.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


Luis Angel Alaniz, Jr. - Private First Class
Army - PFC - E3
Age: 20
MOS: 11B10: Infantryman
Unit: C CO, 1ST BN, 61ST INFANTRY, 5TH INF DIV, USARV
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Aug 27, 1949
From: EDINBURG, TX
Religion: ROMAN CATHOLIC
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Luis Alaniz, and Mother: Crisanta (Crestina Garza) C. Alaniz. He has NO children.

**** Leo Alaniz - Brother
Our Hero Forever
Brother, you will always be remembered, you are our Hero, forever,
we Love you,
Blanca, Viola, Pablo, Leonel(Leonel Adan Alaniz).

***** Viola Alaniz Vera - sister - Edinburg Tx 78539 USA
You are Always Remembered - Never a day is one that I do not remember you, my dear brother. I feel confort to know that you are now with our mom and dad. I love you and I will never forget you. Your sister, Viola

***** Marissa Alaniz(Father's Name: Pablo Alaniz and Mother's Name: Florestela Fernandez) - Niece - McAllen Tx. My dearest uncle whom I never met.growing up, I would look at your medals and your picture and wonder why "welita" had them there as I grew older my dad Pablo would often tell me stories about you. Now as an adult I am proud to speak of you to my students. I would have loved to have spoken to you just once. I wish you could see my son he is much like my cousin Louie (Luis Angel Alaniz) (Leo's son) who is named after you,they look alike so I guess he looks like you. Thank you for being our family's hero.




PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service
5th Infantry Division Mechanized
CASUALTY DATA
Start Tour: 10/11/1969
Incident Date: 02/05/1970
Casualty Date: 02/05/1970
Age at Loss: 20
Location: Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Other explosive device
ON THE WALL Panel 14W Line 102


TEXAS - CO C 1 BN - 61 INF 5 INF DIV VIETNAM-DSM-PH


On February 5th, 1970, they were on a routine foot patrol of the DMZ area since the unit's mission was to guard the DMZ.

Also, they had lost some of the APC track vehicles due to mines during the previous days. Out of the four APCs assigned to the platoon, they were down to one and it was in the shop for a broken torsion bar.

While on patrol, they came upon a Vietcong flag on top of a hill. The Executive Officer who was acting company commander that day decided to put the company on line (which was only about 40 guys) and march up the hill toward the flag.

As they got within several feet, the Executive Officer decided to throw a grenade toward it.

Alaniz was next to Walter Howard, Platoon Leader.

As the XO yelled "grenade", everyone hit the ground. The next thing that happened, Howard was flying threw the air and being critically injured.

Alaniz was killed.


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 Parents:
  Luis Alaniz (1914 - 1995)
  Crisanta C. Alaniz (1913 - 1998)
 
Burial:
Hillcrest Memorial Park
Edinburg
Hidalgo County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Eddieb
Originally Created by: Lionel Alva, Jr.
Record added: Jun 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20119526
PFC Luis Angel Hombre <i>Garza</i> Alaniz, Jr
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