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PFC Jose F. Valdez

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PFC Jose F. Valdez

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a Private First Class in Company B, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Rosenkrantz, France, on January 25, 1945. His citation reads "He was on outpost duty with 5 others when the enemy counterattacked with overwhelming strength. From his position near some woods 500 yards beyond the American lines he observed a hostile tank about 75 yards away, and raked it with automatic rifle fire until it withdrew. Soon afterward he saw 3 Germans stealthily approaching through the woods. Scorning cover as the enemy soldiers opened up with heavy automatic weapons fire from a range of 30 yards, he engaged in a fire fight with the attackers until he had killed all 3. The enemy quickly launched an attack with 2 full companies of infantrymen, blasting the patrol with murderous concentrations of automatic and rifle fire and beginning an encircling movement which forced the patrol leader to order a withdrawal. Despite the terrible odds, Pfc. Valdez immediately volunteered to cover the maneuver, and as the patrol 1 by 1 plunged through a hail of bullets toward the American lines, he fired burst after burst into the swarming enemy. Three of his companions were wounded in their dash for safety and he was struck by a bullet that entered his stomach and, passing through his body, emerged from his back. Overcoming agonizing pain, he regained control of himself and resumed his firing position, delivering a protective screen of bullets until all others of the patrol were safe. By field telephone he called for artillery and mortar fire on the Germans and corrected the range until he had shells falling within 50 yards of his position. For 15 minutes he refused to be dislodged by more than 200 of the enemy; then, seeing that the barrage had broken the counter attack, he dragged himself back to his own lines. He died later as a result of his wounds. Through his valiant, intrepid stand and at the cost of his own life, Pfc. Valdez made it possible for his comrades to escape, and was directly responsible for repulsing an attack by vastly superior enemy forces." His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on February 8, 1946.


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MEDAL OF HONOR
PFC US ARMY
WORLD WAR II


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  • Added: 4 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9785
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Jose F. Valdez (3 Jan 1925–17 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9785, citing Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .