Manuel Perez, Jr

Manuel Perez, Jr

Birth
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 13 Feb 1945 (aged 21)
Pasay, Southern Manila District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Burial Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Catholic Section, Block 12, Lot 4
Memorial ID 6404094 · View Source
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World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company A, 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Fort William McKinley, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on February 13, 1945. His citation reads "He was lead scout for Company A, which had destroyed 11 of 12 pillboxes in a strongly fortified sector defending the approach to enemy-held Fort William McKinley on Luzon, Philippine Islands. In the reduction of these pillboxes, he killed 5 Japanese in the open and blasted others in pillboxes with grenades. Realizing the urgent need for taking the last emplacement, which contained 2 twin-mount .50-caliber dual-purpose machineguns, he took a circuitous route to within 20 yards of the position, killing 4 of the enemy in his advance. He threw a grenade into the pillbox, and, as the crew started withdrawing through a tunnel just to the rear of the emplacement, shot and killed 4 before exhausting his clip. He had reloaded and killed 4 more when an escaping Japanese threw his rifle with fixed bayonet at him. In warding off this thrust, his own rifle was knocked to the ground. Seizing the Jap rifle, he continued firing, killing 2 more of the enemy. He rushed the remaining Japanese, killed 3 of them with the butt of the rifle and entered the pillbox, where he bayoneted the 1 surviving hostile soldier. Single-handedly, he killed 18 of the enemy in neutralizing the position that had held up the advance of his entire company. Through his courageous determination and heroic disregard of grave danger, Pfc. Perez made possible the successful advance of his unit toward a valuable objective and provided a lasting inspiration for his comrades". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on December 27, 1945.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Manuel Perez, Jr (2 Mar 1923–13 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6404094, citing Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .