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PFC Edward Gomez

PFC Edward Gomez

Birth
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 14 Sep 1951 (aged 19)
Gangwon-do, South Korea
Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Plot 100 yards east of West Entrance
Memorial ID 11429 · View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the Korean War in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Private First Class in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division(Rein.). He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in Korea on Hill 749 on September 14, 1951. His citation reads “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an ammunition bearer in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Bolding advancing with his squad in support of a group of riflemen assaulting a series of strongly fortified and bitterly defended hostile positions on Hill 749, Pfc. Gomez consistently exposed himself to the withering barrage to keep his machine gun supplied with ammunition during the drive forward to seize the objective. As his squad deployed to meet an imminent counterattack, he voluntarily moved down an abandoned trench to search for a new location for the gun and, when a hostile grenade landed between himself and his weapon, shouted a warning to those around him as he grasped the activated charge in his hand. Determined to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and, diving into the ditch with the deadly missile, absorbed the shattering violence of the explosion in his body. By his stouthearted courage, incomparable valor, and decisive spirit of self-sacrifice, Pfc. Gomez inspired the others to heroic efforts in subsequently repelling the outnumbering foe, and his valiant conduct throughout sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country”.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Added: 6 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11429
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Edward Gomez (10 Aug 1932–14 Sep 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11429, citing Saint Mary Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .