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is honored on Panel 32E, Line 89 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Your Nina Katy Espinosa Cuellar

    Posted on 5/22/18 - by
    Ernesto was my God Son I was his Godmother and baptized him in El Paso, Texas your family and I were next door neighbors. I’m in Chula Vista California now. I’m putting my daughters email address if any one in his family would like to contact me.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 1/27/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Ernesto Tarango, 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
  • Remembered

    Posted on 8/31/12

    Ernesto was the oldest child of the family.They were all born in El Paso,TX,before moving to CA during 1961.While attending high school,Ernesto was the Commander of his high school ROTC. He was known as Ernie to all his friends. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights,June 1966.

    Ernesto joined the Marines with his best friend Ernie Pena.They took their MCRD boot camp training in San Diego,and advanced Infantry Training,at Camp Pendelton.

    Pfc Tarango arrived in Vietnam 12 December 1967.He was assigned to Echo Company,2nd Battalion,3rd Marine Regiment,3rd Marine Division.Pfc Tarango was wounded by a grenade booby trap during combat,at LZ Hawk,Bao An Dong,Go Noi Island,Quang Nam Province,during Operation Auburn.He died of wounds to the stomach area,before he was med-evac.

    Ernesto was single.He served his country for one year and six months.He had been in Vietnam for 16 days.Ernesto was 19 years,5 months and 17 days old.

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 12/28/10 - by A Marine
    Semper Fi, Marine.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 6/28/10 - by Robert Sage
    Ernesto is buried at Resurrection Cemetery in South San Gabriel, CA. PH
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