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Casualty Record

 

Name:
MENDIAS, MARIO JUAN


Rank / Branch:
SP4 E-4 U. S. ARMY


Unit:
FIRST DIVISION


Date of Birth:
1948-01-10


Date of Loss:
1969-03-02


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
BINH DUONG


Status:
HOSTILE-FRAGMENT WOU


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
GROUND


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
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Veteran Hagiography

MARIO JUAN MENDIAS, SPECIALIST FOUR, U. S. ARMY, MARFA,  PRESIDIO COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star with "V" device, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Galantry with Palm, Vietnam Military Merit Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Mario was born and raised in Marfa, Texas.  He was the oldest  son of Maria Jesus Gonzales and Juan Jesus Mendias.  He was 1966 graduate of Marfa High School, Marfa, Texas. He was a life time resident. He was in his junior year at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, when he decided to volunteer for the draft. He had played in the Marfa High School Band in high school, also played the guitar and enjoyed riding horses.

He was trained as an infantryman and started his tour in Vietnam in January 1969. He was in his second month in Vietnam when he was killed by multiple fragmentation wounds. He was serving as the point man on a reconnaissance-in-force operation near Lai Khe when he sighted a well fortified enemy position, simultaneously warning his comrades. With complete disregard for his own safety, he braved hostile fire as he neutralized one enemy position with automatic rifle fire while standing in the aggressors' killing zone. Undaunted by the enemy fire, he threw hand grenades to mark the position further. He was mortally wounded by an enemy RPG when he attempted to move to a more secure postion. He was awarded a posthumous Bronze Star Medal with "V" device.

He was buried with full military honors in the Catholic Cemetery in Marfa, Texas.  He was survived by his parents and his brothers, Juan Jesus, Jr and Rogelio Antonio Mendias of the home. 


Catholic Cemetery, Marfa, Texas

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