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ALBERTO TORRES ANZALDUA


is honored on Panel 20W, Line 121 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • In Honor

    Posted on 8/10/18 - by John Braun birds@epix.net
    Alberto, You are remembered.
  • A Texas Hero

    Posted on 8/10/18 - by Janice Current janlc75150@yahoo.com
    Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 4/10/18 - by Dennis Wriston
    Sergeant Alberto Torres Anzaldua, Served with the 3rd Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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  • August 10 tough for all who knew you

    Posted on 8/14/17 - by Buchananusps@aol.com
    Dear Sgt. Anzaldua

    August 10, 1969 will be etched in everyone's memory who were there on that fateful day. We were close enough to hear the firefight that took place and part of our company were choppered in to take out the dead and wounded. We came under mortar fire as soon as we landed and I saw you telling us all to get down. You gave your life protecting your men. As we went to load your body on the helicopter your Lt made sure he was the one who put you on the chopper as he would not let anyone help. You and him were very close and your death had a profound effect on him. Rest in peace you are not forgotten
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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 8/10/17 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri, 1969
    Alberto Torres Anzaldua
    Date of birth: April 10, 1946
    Date of death: August 10, 1969
    Home of record: Santa Rosa Texas
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star


    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Alberto Torres Anzaldua (MCSN: 2019091), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company A, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 10 August 1969, the Third Platoon and the Command Group of Company A were heli-lifted to a hilltop approximately nine miles northwest of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province and assigned the mission of relieving a friendly unit which was heavily engaged with the enemy. Upon debarking from the helicopter, Sergeant Anzaldua immediately established his men in defensive positions and assisted in carrying the wounded to the waiting medical evacuation aircraft. Suddenly, the Marines came under an intense volume of enemy mortar fire. Reacting instantly and with complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Anzaldua commenced firing his rifle at the North Vietnamese Army positions, temporarily silencing the hostile fire, and thereby saving his companions from further serious injury. Subsequently informed that the platoon had received several casualties who were located at the base of the hill, he fearlessly maneuvered to the designated area and, while carrying two severely wounded Marines to a position of relative safety, was mortally wounded by fragments of an enemy mortar round. His bold initiative and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. By his courage, aggressive leadership and selfless devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Anzaldua contributed significantly to the defeat of the North Vietnamese Army force and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    Action Date: August 10, 1969

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 1st Battalion

    Regiment: 3d Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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