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FEDERICO ALANIZ JR


is honored on Panel 22W, Line 37 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/12/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR PFC ALANIZ,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A GRUNT.
    YOU WERE LOST ON THE FEAST DAY OF SAINT ANTHONY. I AM SURE HE WAS TO TAKE YOU HOME TO THE FATHER.
    REST IN PEACE.
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  • my cousin I never got to know!

    Posted on 5/30/16
    To my cousin jr. God bless you! Armando c villarreal.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 6/14/15 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Federico Alaniz 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, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Correction

    Posted on 6/13/14 - by Alan Johnson
    There is a lot wrong with the Vietnam portion of this Remembering our Own account.. I was a medic with C 1/46 and my company participated in the same action. There was no LZ Mary Ann at the time, it was not created until February of 1970. The 1/46th had been operating from LZ Professional since March of 1969. Bravo Company was moving in position to cooperate with Charlie Company at the base of Hill 270, about four klicks east SE of Professional. They came under heavy mortar fire which killed three men, including Federico and wounded more than 20, including all but one of its medics. Charlie Company then closed with Bravo to help them move to a safe area to evacuate the wounded.
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  • Remembering Our Own

    Posted on 11/17/13 - by Robert L Nelson
    Federico Alaniz Jr.
    Federico Alaniz Jr. was the oldest of the six children of
    Federico and Juanita Alaniz. Born in Mercedes, Texas, on
    March 11, 1948, Federico Jr. spent his first seven years in
    Texas with his brother Robert and sisters Esmeralda, Teresa,
    Rosa and Leticia, before moving to Watsonville in 1955.
    Upon arrival in the Pajaro Valley he was enrolled in the
    E. A. Hall School where he remained until 1964 when he
    Entered Watsonville High School as a freshman. Federico
    Did not finish high school but chose instead to enter the
    Work force. He was employed by a local nursery and in the
    fields driving a truck.
    Alaniz received his draft notice in April 1968, and in
    May reported to Fort Lewis, Washington, to begin his basic
    and advanced individual training. On September 22, he
    reported to Fort Riley, Kansas, where he joined the 21st
    Infantry Division as a senior wireman. He was then assigned
    to a brief tour of duty in Germany before being deployed to
    Vietnam.
    Private Alaniz reported to Company B, 1st Battalion,
    46th Infantry Division on April 27, 1969, and was attached
    to the 196/198 Lt. Infantry Regiment stationed in Quang
    Tin province. In March 1969, his unit moved to Landing
    Zone Professional in the mountains southwest of Tien
    Phuoc. There they conducted patrols in the vicinity of Firebase
    Maryann. During a patrol on June 13, 1969, Company
    B came under small arms gunfire that took the life of Private
    First Class Federico Alaniz Jr.
    His body was returned; however, his final resting-place
    has not been identified. His awards include the Bronze Star
    and Purple Heart.
    Source
    Remembering our Own
    The Santa Cruz County Military Roll of Honor 1861-2010
    By Robert L Nelson
    The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center
    2010
    Page 234
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The Wall of Faces

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