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ELPIDIO ALLEN ARQUERO


is honored on Panel 19E, Line 77 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Navy Cross Citation

    Posted on 5/10/17 - by A US Marine, Vietnam
    Elpidio Allen Arquero
    Date of birth: 14-May-39
    Date of death: May 10, 1967
    Home of record: Honolulu Hawaii
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Navy Cross


    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Elpidio Allen Arquero (MCSN: 1694536), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Platoon Sergeant, First Platoon, Company B, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, Ninth Amphibious Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 10 May 1967. While participating in Operation BEAVER CAGE in Tinh, Quang Nam Province, Staff Sergeant Arquero's platoon was lead unit in a company search and destroy operation, when heavy contact was made with two companies of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regular forces. His flank security began receiving heavy automatic weapons fire and sustained several casualties. He immediately made his way to its position through the hail of enemy fire and courageously directed effective return fire. In order to provide much needed time for his platoon to deploy, he organized an assault element from the remaining members of his flank security. By this time the enemy fire power had increased in severity and effectiveness, yet he daringly continued to expose himself. Without concern for his own safety, he rallied his brave assault force and charged directly into the entrenched enemy positions. This action, which cost him his life, halted the advance of the enemy long enough to allow his platoon time to extract its wounded and withdraw to a defensible position. As a result of his heroic conduct and fearless devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Arquero undoubtedly saved the lives of many comrades, upholding the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

    General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

    Action Date: 10-May-67

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Staff Sergeant

    Company: Company B

    Battalion: Battalion Landing Team 1/3

    Regiment: 9th Amphibious Brigade

    Division: III Marine Amphibious Force
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/1/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR STAFF SERGEANT ARQUERO,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A MARINE INFANTRY UNIT LEADER, AND A NAVY CROSS RECIPIENT. SORRY YOU WERE KILLED SO CLOSE TO YOUR BIRTHDAY. SEMPER FI AND REST IN PEACE.
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  • Platoon 162, MCRD

    Posted on 8/18/16 - by Juan Reyna, MSgt
    You were one of our DI's from August to October 1965. Tough, disciplined and always a Marine. (DI photos are from 162's graduation book). Thankfully, 162 only had 2 KIA's, Unknown WIA's. You are never forgotten. Rest in peace, Marine.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/26/16 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Elpidio Allen Arquero, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Platoon Commander platoon 1064, USMC RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO

    Posted on 10/30/15
    You pushed us to be the best Marines Sgt Aquero, Sir. You were a great DI
    Semper Fi
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