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MANUEL AVILA JR


is honored on Panel 12E, Line 58 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Fellow Corpsman

    Posted on 11/17/16 - by Robin "Doc"williams welshreddragon@yahoo.com
    I was stationed with Manuel at Long Beach Naval station on the Hospital ship
    Uss Haven. I volunteered to serve with the Marines in Vietnam. I landed in Vietnam may 8 1966 and was assigned to K co 3rd platoon 3/1 Marines.
    Most of the Corpsmen in 3/1 had Purple Hearts. I was shot on a patrol late July 1966 and spent some time in the hospital in Danang. When was was sent back to 3/1 Marines with 2 months light duty. It was at that time that I saw Manuels name on the assignment board on the wall of the Battalion aid station. I wasn't sure if it was my old friend so I pulled his service record and saw the last duty station was the Haven. That's when I knew was my old friend. In my mind I plan to go out to India Company for where he was assigned to see him, however during the next week India Company was been overrun. I was told that during the battle he was severely injured during the mortar Attack India Company had endured prior to the Vietcong finally over running the position. I was told during the battle Manuel had crawled around attending to injured Marines unfortunately when the Vietcong finally overran the position they killed him. In the month following I heard that possibly he would be put up for the Congressional medal of honor, however I don't believe he ever got it. I Will always remember a soft-spoken nice guy who was a hero to the Marines Who he served with.
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 10/13/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PETTY OFFICER AVILA,
    THANKS FOR BEING A HOSPITAL CORPSMAN AND THE LIVES OF THE MARINES YOU SAVED. SEMPER FI. WE ARE CELEBRATING COLUMBUS DAY, AND THE DISCOVERY THAT LED TO US BEING IN AMERICA. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA. REST IN PEACE.
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  • Semper Fi, Doc.

    Posted on 11/12/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Thank you for your devotion to our Country and to your Marines.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/31/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear HM3 Manuel Avila Jr, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Salute to a Fellow Veteran

    Posted on 11/17/12 - by Jim and Tom Reece and Rosa KIng reecejim@yahoo.com

    You gave your life for your country and for this we Salute You.

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