GONZALES, JR., ELIGIO RICE  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
GONZALES, JR., ELIGIO RICE


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


Unit:
25th INFANTRY DIVISI


Date of Birth:
1947-04-30


Date of Loss:
1968-06-06


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
BINH DUONG


Status:
HOSTILE, MULTIPLE FR


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
GROUND


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
SINGLE

 

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Veteran Hagiography

ELIGIO RICE GONZALES, JR., SPECIALIST 4TH CLASS, U.S. ARMY, MARFA, PRESIDIO COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS


Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation's Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Rebuplic of Vietnam Medal RVN Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Eligio Rice "Baby" Gonzales, Born April 30, 1947 in Marfa, Texas, attended the Blackwell School and Marfa High School. He was active in football, basketball, baseball, track, FFA and Dancing.

After graduation 1967, he was drafted ten days later into the Army, leaving his home, his family and his fiancee'. He was only able to return home for one time for 31 days.

Marfa High School-1967


His mother remembers noticing that from time to time he would stand at the back door of the kitchen and look out towards the yard, the street and the neighborhood. She wonders if he was thinking, perhaps, that it would be the last time to look out and see his yard, his neighborhood. How hard it must have been for him.

He never told his mother he was leaving for Vietnam. He kept a journal that begins with the day he left for service. He began his tour in Vietnam on November 16, 1967. He was assigned to A Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division as an infantryman. He was killed in hostile action against the NVA on June 6, 1968. He suffered multiple fragment wounds. He was one of seven men from his company killed that day.

Specialist Gonzales was laid to rest with full military honors in the Catholic Cemetery in his home town of Marfa, Texas with full military honors.

What a coincidence … on November 12, 1967 he left home for Vietnam, and exactly 27 years to the date the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' memorial is being dedicated to honor him and all the other young men who left there homes their families, their fiances, their backyards, and their neighborhoods.

Catholic Cemetery-Marfa, Texas


VIRTUAL WALL

Service Photo Courtesy of the Marfa, Texas Information Center

 

 

 


 
       
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