Mendez, Angel, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0311, 7th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1964 - 1967

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
New York
Last Address
New York City

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Loretto Cemetery - Staten Island, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 094

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 2000
 Unit Assignments
3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre) RTR, MCRD Parris Island, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)USS Rockbridge APA-2282nd Marine Regiment
1st Infantry Training RegimentUSS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
7th Marine Regiment
  1964-1964, 521, 3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre) RTR, MCRD Parris Island, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1964-1966, 0311, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
  1965-1965, 0311, USS Rockbridge APA-228
  1965-1965, 0311, 2nd Marine Regiment
  1966-1966, 0300, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1966-1966, 0311, USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2)
  1966-1966, 8531, Wpns & Fld Trn Bn, PISC, RTR (Cadre) MCRD Parris Island
  1966-1967, 0311, 2nd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (2/7)
  1966-1967, 0311, 7th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Sierra
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Deckhouse V / Song Than
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation DeSoto II
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
*MENDEZ, ANGEL Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF Date of Action: March 16, 1967 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to Angel Mendez, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as the Platoon Guide of the Third Platoon, Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 March 1967. During Operation DE SOTO in Quang Ngai Province, Company F was conducting a search and destroy mission when the rear elements of the company were taken under intense 50-caliber machine gun and automatic weapons fire from an estimated hard-core Viet Cong battalion. One half of the Second Platoon was pinned-down in an open rice paddy and all attempts to relieve the pressure on the beleaguered Marines had proven futile. Sergeant (then Corporal) Mendez, unhesitatingly volunteered to lead a squad into the face of the devastating and extremely accurate machine gun fire to assist the pinned-down Marines in returning to friendly lines with their two dead and two seriously wounded. The Viet Cong fire increased to a fever pitch as Sergeant Mendez calmly and courageously moved out onto a paddy dike, completely exposed to the intense fire, and commenced firing his M-79 at the enemy positions with deadly accuracy. He fired round after round as he stood, bravely defying the enemy, to give covering fire to his comrades. Sixty meters across the rice paddy from Sergeant Mendez, his Platoon Commander was seriously wounded and he fell, unable to move. Immediately Sergeant Mendez raced through the hail of bullets to his Platoon Commander's side. Shielding him with his body as he applied a dressing to the wound, he picked up the Lieutenant and started to carry him to friendly lines, which were more than seventy-five meters away. Exhibiting exceptional courage he moved toward the lines as the Viet Cong attempted to hit this double target. Twenty meters short of his goal, he was hit in the shoulder and two of his comrades ran out to assist him. Even though painfully wounded, Sergeant Mendez chose to be the rear man, refusing to relinquish his hold on his Lieutenant's legs as they carried him toward the hedgerow. He was shielding his Lieutenant with his own body when he was mortally wounded. By his dauntless courage, initiative and selfless efforts in behalf of another, Sergeant Mendez saved his platoon commander's life and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals Home Town: New York, New York "I remember my Platoon Sgt. Angel Mendez, a Marine who was raised in an orphanage in Staten Island and who called the Marine Corps his family. It was Sgt. Mendez who braved heavy enemy machine gun fire to pull me to safety as I lay wounded in that rice paddy in Vietnam at Duc Pho while leading my own Marines in an effort to bring in other wounded and fallen Marines to safety in Operation DeSoto. Angel saved my life that day, but he was mortally wounded and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest medal awarded by the Marine Corps for personal bravery. NY Senator Charles Schumer is now leading an effort to upgrade Angel's Navy Cross to the Medal of Honor." The Honorable Ronald D. Castille
   
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