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 Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr

Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr

Birth
East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana, USA
Death 11 Apr 1970 (aged 20)
Quang Nam, Vietnam
Burial Hammond, Lake County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 7882443 · View Source
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Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Lance Corporal (Machine Gunner) in the United States Marine Corps in Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein) FMF. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on April 11, 1970 near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam. His family was presented the medal by Vice President Spiro Agnew at the White House. His citation reads in part "Moments later, he located one of the enemy soldiers hiding among the reeds and brush. As the three marines attempted to remove the resisting soldier from the pond, L/Cpl. De La Garza observed him pull the pin on a grenade. Shouting a warning, L/Cpl. De La Garza placed himself between the other two marines and the ensuing blast from the grenade, thereby saving the lives of his comrades at the sacirfice of his life."

Bio by: Don Morfe


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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 20 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7882443
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Emilio Albert De La Garza, Jr (23 Jun 1949–11 Apr 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7882443, citing Saint John Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Hammond, Lake County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .