Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division


Place and date: Near Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, 11 April 1970


Entered service at: Chicago, Illinois


Born: 23 June 1949, East Chicago, Indiana




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company E. Returning with his squad from a night ambush operation, L/Cpl. De La Garza joined his platoon commander and another marine in searching for 2 enemy soldiers who had been observed fleeing for cover toward a small pond. Moments later, he located 1 of the enemy soldiers hiding among the reeds and brush. As The 3 marines attempted to remove the resisting soldier from the pond, L/Cpl. De La Garza observed him pull the pin on a grenade. Shouting a warning, L/Cpl. De La Garza placed himself between the other 2 marines and the ensuing blast from the grenade, thereby saving the lives of his comrades at the sacrifice of his life. By his prompt and decisive action, and his great personal valor in the face of almost certain death, L/Cpl. De La Garza upheld and further enhanced the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.



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Last name: DE LA GARZA

First name: EMILIO A JR

Home of Record (official): EAST CHICAGO

State (official): IN

Date of Birth: Thursday, June 23, 1949

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married


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Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: LCPL

Serial Number: 313526485

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0331


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Start of Tour: Monday, July 28, 1969

Date of Casualty: Saturday, April 11, 1970

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Other explosive device (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Nam

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