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Larry Machado Santos
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1907, Brazil
Death: Apr. 2, 1945
Okinawa, Japan


Private First Class Larry Santos, 38, was killed in action on Okinawa on April 2, 1945.

A native of Brazil, Larry was brought to Hanford, California by his parents when he was six years of age. He attended Hanford schools. He had lived 10 years in Selma where he was employed by a trucking firm. He joined the Army on February 22, 1943, and went overseas after six months training at Camp Roberts.

Larry was married for fifteen years to the former Miss Emma Silva of Selma and he was the father of two children, Dorothy, 14, and Bobby, 7. In addition to his wife and children, he was survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Elario Santos of Hanford; a sister, Mrs. Rose Kendall, Hanford, and two brothers, Valdemar Santos, Hanford, and Joe Santos, who was serving with the U.S. Army in Germany.

The Bronze Star Medal for heroic achievement in action against the Japanese was awarded posthumously to Private First Class Larry Santos, who died from wounds suffered in fighting on Okinawa. The citation reads: "For heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy on November 28, 1944. During the defense of the area by friendly forces, the enemy made a number of concentrated attacks against an infantry company's front lines, resulting in the complete disruption of the wire communications. Due to the intensity of enemy fire, the commanding officer hesitated in sending wiremen out to repair the damage.

"Santos volunteered to repair the wire and, with complete disregard of his own safety, he traversed the entire defense position under heavy enemy fire until he found and repaired the damaged wire. Santos' actions were an inspiration to all the company and greatly aided in repulsing the enemy's attack."

Mrs. Santos had recently received the Purple Heart medal awarded in recognition of her husband's having sacrificed his life for his country.

Note - Santos' body was moved from Okinawa to the Selma Cemetery in 1949.
Floral Memorial Park
Fresno County
California, USA
Plot: Blk: A Row: 3 Sp: 22
Created by: JC
Record added: Jun 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91910725
Larry Machado Santos
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Larry Machado Santos
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