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PFC Fernando Luis García Ledesma

PFC Fernando Luis García Ledesma

Birth
Utuado, Utuado Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Death 5 Sep 1952 (aged 22)
South Korea
Burial Bayamon, Bayamon Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA
Plot Section MB-3
Memorial ID 7856991 · View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Garcia served as a Private First Class, United States Marine Corps, Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). He was awarded his medal posthumously for service in Korea, on September 5, 1952. His citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of Company I, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While participating in the defense of a combat outpost located more than 1 mile forward of the main line of resistance during a savage night attack by a fanatical enemy force employing grenades, mortars, and artillery, Pfc. Garcia, although suffering painful wounds, moved through the intense hail of hostile fire to a supply point to secure more handgrenades. Quick to act when a hostile grenade landed nearby, endangering the life of another marine, as well as his own, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and immediately threw his body upon the deadly missile, receiving the full impact of the explosion. His great personal valor and cool decision in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


Purple Heart
Navy Unit Commendation
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars
United Nations Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea)


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  • Added: 10 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7856991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Fernando Luis García Ledesma (14 Oct 1929–5 Sep 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7856991, citing Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamon, Bayamon Municipality, Puerto Rico, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .