LUIS A HILERIO-PADILLA
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 69 OF THE WALL

LUIS A N HILERIO-PADILLA

WALL NAME

LUIS A HILERIO-PADILLA

PANEL / LINE

16W/69

DATE OF BIRTH

12/22/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/13/1969

HOME OF RECORD

YONKERS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Westchester County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LUIS A N HILERIO-PADILLA
POSTED ON 2.16.2013
POSTED BY: Ebby Troche

My Godbrother

I remember growing up with you & your sisters. My mom was your godmother & comadres with your mom and dad. I recently visited Yonkers where we grew up and paid my respects at the memorial wall which has your name on it. I came back home with many old pictures of us when we were young & also of you as a soldier. I will never forget you & remember you fondly.

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POSTED ON 6.13.2011
POSTED BY: John Karlson

To a Good Friend

Forty-two years have past since we seen one another, but time can never erase the friendship we had as young men. Gone but never will be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 5.15.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Luis is buried at Municipal CemeteryCabo Rojo,PR. SS BSM PH
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POSTED ON 9.30.2009
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Herald Statesman - Yonkers, NY - November 18, 1969

SGT. HILERIO WILL RETURN TO HIS NATIVE PUERTO RICO

By Jennie Tritten

Thursday, Nov. 13, 1969: Mrs. Leoncio Hilerio boarded a plane to visit a gift from her 20-year-old son stationed in Vietnam.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 1969: somewhere in Vietnam Sgt. Luis Hilerio, was killed while serving with Co. K, Army Rangers, 75th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
In about five days the body of the 20 year old serviceman is expected to arrive here. His family plans service at home and burial at Cabo Rojo, a small village in Puerto Rico.
"This is where he was born, where his two grandmothers and rest of the family live." said Leoncio Hilerio, the boy's father.
He is Yonkers' 31st casualty in the Vietnam conflict.
Sgt. Hilerio's mother and father yesterday grieved openly at their home at 65 Jefferson St. Their small apartment was filled with family and friends who had come over to console them on the loss of their youngest son.
The father, a veteran of 16 years of Army service who had seen action in World War II and Korea, sadly pondered the loss of his son. "Everyone wants to fight in a real war, this is an immoral war," he said.
"This immoral and political problem in Vietnam is killing our young people...all those intelligent young boys," said the father who works as a maintenance man at the Yonkers Post Office at the foot of Main Street.
Mr. Hilerio learned of the death of his son Sunday and very little detail pertaining to what happened were reported to him by the Army captain and sergeant who visited his home.
"My wife came home this morning, only to hear this terrible sad news," he said.
"My heart is broken, and listen to my wife," he added.
Sgt. Hilerio's mother sat in a dark corner of the room next to the small kitchen.
Every once in a while she cried in Spanish, "Luis, Luis."
"This situation will never happen in President Nixon's house," said the father. He questioned if the President knew or fully understood how such a loss affected "a poor man's house.
"No money can replace my son," he said putting his hand over his heart."
The Hilerio family moved here from Puerto Rico more than 16 years ago when Luis was 4 years old.
Sgt. Hilerio spent his last leave home this August, before he departed for Vietnam.
His father displayed the many pictures he sent home. "He never wrote anything to his mother to make her worry," he said. He told he was in a safe place and time was going by fact."
The last letter received by the family was dated Nov. 8. The young serviceman assured his family "everything is fine - I wish I were home."
He inquired about the health of the family and told them "this is going to be a sad Christmas."
"I wish they would end this stupid war," he wrote his mother.
"Delia writes me almost everyday, that's good." he told his mother.
In August, 1968, he became engaged to Delia Rivera of the Bronx. The family waited for her at the house yesterday.
Sgt. Hilerio wrote about saving "so I can have some money when I get out."
"Don't worry to much, remember I'm always thinking about you," he wrote.
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POSTED ON 4.12.2008
POSTED BY: Nilda Hilerio Castro

To my beloved brother

Thank you for all the wonderful times. You were a great brother to me and a wonderful son to our mother. I miss you and love you.
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