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FRANCISCO XAVIER SAENZ


is honored on Panel 2E, Line 10 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Semper Fi, Marine.

    Posted on 6/13/14 - by A Marine - Vietnam
  • This is long overdue, Uncle Kiko...

    Posted on 10/8/13 - by SSgt D. Saenz USMC Retired
    My uncle Francisco was known by the family as Uncle Kiko and although the Saenz family had very large families (10 in his, 13 in his older brother [my dad] Ramon A Saenz, a WWII vet), we all had our favorite aunt or uncle as there were many to choose from. He was mine and I'll never forget two incidents that happened when I was much younger. First, when he came back from boot camp with his yellow USMC sweatshirt, all signed by all of his boot camp buddies. He was a sight for sore eyes, he stood tall and I can remember the pride in his eyes. My older sister's friends were all in love with his stature. He truly was a Marine from cover to boots. Then, there was the day when the white sedan pulled up in front of the house. When I saw the Captain and the Gunnery Sergeant come in their dress blues, there was no doubt in my young mind that Uncle Kiko was gone. It was a sad day. Not too many years later, I enlisted and wanted to follow in his footsteps and when I did, my grandparents disowned me. They had a special hatred for the Corps. I remember getting stationed on Okinawa and by the end of my first week, I was ordered to the Republic of South Viet Nam in support of operations supporting the Fall of Saigon .My grandmother died that night and I had the option to come home instead of going to Saigon but I chose to go fight instead. Uncle Kiko was always in my mind back then, and I truly believed that if I did what my Corporal said, I would stay alive. It was certainly a wake up call. My Uncle's loss provided me with the courage and determination to be the best Marine rifleman I could ever be. Years later, I would be a Platoon Sergeant and the roles reversed themselves, now my Marines would depend on me during the Persian Gulf War. Once again, I would rely on my Uncle's courage and God's Grace to get me through this new war. On the night before the ground war started I led my platoon (52 men) in the "sinner's prayer" and He answered, as I brought all my boys home in one piece, despite my platoon always on point. Uncle Kiko was an inspiration and someone to emulate for he had courage and determination. Many don't know but his life was taken by friendly fire when another Marine accidentally had a grenade pull pin attached to his flak vest and it got caught on something that pulled the pin and the grenade rolled around the back of the "six-by" truck for about 7-9 seconds and went off, killing him and other Marines. No, he didn't earned a ton of medals or was a war hero but because of him, I had the honor to earn the hero status that I know in my heart he would have been. I don't know if he was "saved", I pray that he was, so that one day I will see him again in heaven. May he rest in peace and know I finished the job he started in 1965. I love you Tio, and miss you. Thank you for doing something that others could not do, may your Valor equal mine and vice- versa. I pray I see you again soon, for by Grace am I saved and not of myself, it is a gift from God, lest I boast. Amen.

    SSgt Daniel Saenz
    USMC Retired
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/24/13 - by Robert Sage
    Francisco is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, CA.
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/13/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

    Dear PFC Francisco Xavier Saenz, 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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  • Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway

    Posted on 6/24/10 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    A portion of Sepulveda Boulevard/State Highway Route 1 in El Segundo near Los Angeles International Airport has been dedicated to the residents of Los Angeles County who served in Vietnam. This section of highway is now designated the Los Angeles County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway. Adopted by the California State Legislature in 2000, the highway honors the more than 350,000 California veterans who served in the Vietnam War, including the 5,822 killed or missing in action. Los Angeles County has the largest number of Vietnam veterans in California and 1,857 of its residents were killed or missing in action during that war. This memorial corridor provides a fitting and proper way for the residents of Los Angeles County to express their gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices these Vietnam veterans have made for their country.
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