Lopez, Baldomer, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 0302, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/A Co
Service Years
1943 - 1950

First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tampa
Last Address
Tampa, Florida

Casualty Date
Sep 15, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Courageous
Location of Interment
Centro Asturiano Cemetery - Tampa, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
*Plot: Section 57, Lot 1

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Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen
  1950, Medal of Honor Historical Society of the United States

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 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
  1950-1950, 0302, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/A Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1944-1947, United States Naval Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Lopez served as a rifle platoon commaner with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein) FMF.

He had served in the U.S. Navy from 8 July 1943 - 11 June 1944 when he entered the Naval Academy. Was in an accelerated program, Class 1948-A, graduating in June 1947.  He attended The Basic School at Quantico afterwards.

He then served in China as a rifle platoon commander at Tsingtao and Shanghai in 1949, with Mortor Company, 9th Marines (Rein) FMF;  and then B Company, 3rd Marines (Rein), FMF, temporary duty.

Then to Camp Pendleton with B Company, 3rd Marines, 1st Marine Division FMF, July 1949..

He led his men at the Inchon Landing, South Korea, and was killed shortly thereafter protecting his men from a live grenade blast. There is a famous photo of him leading his men at this landing.


Medal of Honor

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

FIRST LIEUTENANT BALDOMERO LOPEZ UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

For service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces during the Inchon invasion in Korea on 15 September 1950.

With his platoon, First Lieutenant Lopez was engaged in the reduction of immediate enemy beach defenses after landing with the assault waves. Exposing himself to hostile fire, he moved forward alongside a bunker and prepared to throw a hand grenade into the next pillbox whose fire was pinning down that sector of the beach.

Taken under fire by an enemy automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his arm to throw, he fell backward and dropped the deadly missile. After a moment, he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve the grenade and throw it.

In critical condition from pain and loss of blood, and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men and, with a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion.

His exceptional courage, fortitude and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Lopez and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

(signed) HARRY S. TRUMAN
   
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