|Birth: ||Aug. 8, 1920|
|Death: ||Apr. 23, 2006|
The following was written by Jesse Villard's granddaughter, Gabby, for an elementary grade school project, when she was eight years old:
"My grandpa Jesse was a World War II hero. He fought many battles against the German Army in Europe. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Army. He received 7 medals during the war for bravery, being injured, and for being a good soldier. He received two Silver Stars at Normandy Beach on D-Day for bravery. He got one for climbing up a hill on the beach and destroying a machine gun nest with nine soldiers in it. They had been shooting U. S. soldiers all day long, as soon as they landed on the beach. He saved a lot of soldiers that day.
He got his other Silver Star medal when his soldiers were being attacked by German Panzer tanks. My grandpa Jesse climbed on top of the tanks and threw several grenades in them, blowing them up. My grandpa received his Bronze Star medal for capturing German officers and their soldiers along with important information about where the German Army was going.
During these brave acts, my grandpa Jesse was injured and was given two purple hearts. He was first injured on the beach when a grenade blew up near him and then again when he got shot in his shoulder. He also got another medal for having good conduct and following orders. His final medal was given to him for the Occupancy of Germany at the end of the war. By the end of the war, my grandpa Jesse had been through fourteen major battles and had served in Europe for three years.
Although my Grandpa Jesse was a war hero to me and received a lot of medals, I think anyone who has fought for the U. S. is a hero. I am thankful for my Grandpa Jesse fighting for us and also for all of the men and women fighting to protect our country today making America safe for us."
Jesse died at the Rayburn VA Medical Center in Bonham, Texas, where he had been staying in the months prior to his death. It was where he wanted to be and he was a very happy man when after a long wait, his name rose to the top of the list and a room came available. Jesse was always a proud soldier.....
Ignacio Villarreal (1902 - 1962)
Andrea Cardenas Villarreal (1902 - 1945)
Celia Baray Galabis Villard (1922 - 1994)
Restland Memorial Park
Created by: Gabby and Jonas
Record added: Mar 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67175852