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PAUL GILBERT ALANIZ JR


is honored on Panel 58E, Line 29 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • It has been 49 years and 6 months i carry your memory

    Posted on 11/26/17 - by Michael G. Castle marinem60@att.net
    Paul,
    We trained together and spent time at my aunt Cleo's beach home in Seal Beach California. We had the time of our lives. Rick W Bezeau,you and myself spent every weekend on the beach until we got orders for west pack. I landed on the USS Iwo Jima April 30,1968 and you came aboard May 4, 1968. The Battle of Dia Do was raging and we had no gear. We pulled gear from a pile on deck as there were so many wounded and KIA. We could have waited for new gear, but we all decided we needed to go in country off the ship. We were flown to Camp Big John. I was 0351 asultman you were both 0311. We were all split up and I can remember you waving goodby. May 12 you and Rick were point men when shot by a snipper. I was with rockets humping ammo. I was pinned down with Ike and Sgt Beaner when he was shot and died in my arms. They called rockets up and I cam across you and Paul both shot in the head. I was devastated and identified all three you back on the Iwo Jima. The hardest days f my life. I will never understand how I made it home. You were all tough Marines I looked up to. I was made a M60 machine gunner after that battle and was wounded twice trying to save a couple Marines. We lost s many Marines over my tour. Paul I have talked with your family in Brownsville Texas and your girl friend in Corpus Christi Texas. She is a beautiful lady. I got a letter from your music teacher with your picture, you were so talented. I am in touch with Marines from our squad to this day in Corpus Christi. I was so blessed to have known you.
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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 MARINE GRUNT.
    REST IN PEACE AND SEMPER FI.
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  • Semper Fi Marine.

    Posted on 5/12/14 - by A Marine, Quang Tri
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/25/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear PFC Paul Gilbert 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • I was there with you on that day

    Posted on 8/5/11 - by Phil Copeland anjing@msn.com
    I have not spoken of this for 43 years but as the time goes by and the pain of those days are more evident I remember talking with you the night before. I remember that day vividly. I remember carrying you back. I identified you to the chaplain. I still cry when I think about that day. God Bless and keep you.
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The Wall of Faces

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