These Hispanic American service members all received the military's highest honor

Elizabeth Howe
September 30, 2019 - 11:06 am
Hispanic-American MOH Recipients

US Army

Both Hispanic men and women have served bravely in the United States military since the late 1700s during the Revolutionary War. Roughly 4,000 Hispanic Americans served during World War I and thousands more served in every theater during World War II. The 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers, served in both World War II and Korea — they were recognized for their service with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2016. 

Borinqueneers

Sixty Hispanic American service members have received the military's highest award, the Medal of Honor, for their sacrifice for the country. During Hispanic-American Heritage Month, we recognize those service members, their branches of service, and the date the medal was awarded.

Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients: 

CIVIL WAR
Joseph H. De Castro, U.S. Army — December 1, 1864
John Ortega, U.S.Navy — December 31, 1864
Phillip Bazaar, U.S. Navy — June 16, 1865

BOXER REBELLION
France Silva, U.S. Marine Corps — June 28, 1900

WORLD WAR I
David Barkley Cantu, U.S. Army, KIA — November 9, 1918

WORLD WAR II
Joe P. Martinez, U.S. Army, KIA — May 26, 1943

Joe P. Martinez

Lucian Adams, U.S. Army — October 28, 1944
Lucian Adams

Macario Garcia, U.S. Army — November 27, 1844
Jose M. Lopez, U.S. Army — December 17, 1944
Jose F. Valdez, U.S. Army, KIA — January 25, 1945
Cleto Rodriguez, U.S. Army — February 9, 1945
Manual Perez Jr., U.S. Army, KIA — February 13, 1945
Silvestre S. Herrera, U.S. Army — March 15, 1945
Ysmael Villegas, U.S. Army, KIA — March 20, 1945
Ysmael Villegas

Harold Gonsalves, U.S. Army, KIA — April 15, 1945
David Gonzales, U.S. Army — April 25, 1945
Alejandro Ruiz, U.S. Army, KIA — April 28, 1945
Rudolph Davila, U.S. Army — June 21, 2000
Pedro Cano, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Joe Gandara, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Salvador J. Lara, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Manual V. Mendoza, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014

KOREAN WAR
Baldomero Lopez, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — September 15, 1950
Eugene Obregon, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — September 26, 1950
Joseph Rodriguez, U.S. Army — May 21, 1951

Joseph Rodriguez

Rodolfo P. Hernandez, U.S. Army — May 31, 1951
Rodolfo Hernandez

Edward Gomez, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — September 14, 1951
Fernando Luiz Garcia, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — September 5, 1952
Benito Martinez, U.S. Army, KIA — September 6, 1952
Ambrosio Guillen, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — July 25, 1953
Joe R. Baldonado, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Victor H. Espinoza, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Victor Espinoza

Eduardo C. Gomez, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Mike C. Pena, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Demensio Rivera, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Juan Negron, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Juan Negron

Miguel A. Vera, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014

VIETNAM WAR
David Fernandez, U.S. Army, KIA — February 18, 1996
Euripedes Rubio, U.S. Army, KIA — November 8, 1966
Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, U.S. Army, KIA — February 16, 1967
Maximo Yabes, U.S. Army, KIA — February 26, 1967
Maximo Yabes

Carlos J. Lozada, U.S. Army, KIA — November 20, 1967
Alfredo Gonzalez, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — February 4, 1968
Jay R. Vargas, U.S. Marine Corps — April 30, 1968
Roy Benavidez, U.S. Army — May 2, 1968
Roy Benavidez

Hector Santiago-Colon, U.S. Army, KIA — June 28, 1968
Jose Jimenez, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — August 28, 1969
Ralph E. Dias, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA — November 12, 1969
Emilio De La Garza, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA —April 11, 1970
Miguel Keith, U.S. Marine Corps, KIA —May 8, 1970
Louis Rocco, U.S. Army — May 24, 1970
Alfred Rascon, U.S. Army — February 8, 2000
Humbert Versace, U.S. Army, KIA — January 8, 2002
Humbert Versace

Candelario Garcia, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Leonard L. Alvarado, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Jesus S. Duran, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Santiago J. Erevia, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014
Santiago Erevia

Felix Conde-Falcon, U.S. Army, KIA — March 18, 2014
Jose Rodela, U.S. Army — March 18, 2014

AFGHANISTAN
Leroy A. Petry, U.S. Army — July 12, 2011 

Leroy Petry

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