MANUEL T LOPEZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 54W, LINE 6 OF THE WALL

MANUEL TORRES LOPEZ

WALL NAME

MANUEL T LOPEZ

PANEL / LINE

54W/6

DATE OF BIRTH

12/25/1926

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN PHONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/27/1968

HOME OF RECORD

OSHKOSH

COUNTY OF RECORD

Winnebago County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

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Contact Details

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MANUEL TORRES LOPEZ
POSTED ON 9.20.2014
POSTED BY: Joe Cardenas

From his nephew that never had the chance to meet a true hero.

I was lucky enough to spend the last few minutes of life with Manuel's brother Rufugio "Pete" Lopez, who passed away at 9:26pm September 19th, 2014. Pete was also a proud marine! He was surrounded by his family to the very end. I only hope Manuel and Pete are celebrating in heaven together. Amen!
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POSTED ON 6.27.2014
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Manuel Torres Lopez (ASN: RA-38707253), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Sergeant First Class Lopez distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 27 June 1968 near Moc Hoa, Republic of Vietnam, as platoon leader of an Irregular Mobile Strike Force Company conducting a heliborne insertion into an enemy-occupied landing zone. Upon learning of the critical wounds of a fellow soldier, Sergeant Lopez located and retrieved him by crawling under intense and accurate enemy fire from a nearby woodline. As the unit sustained additional casualties, Sergeant Lopez secured a radio and again crawled forward against intense machinegun fire, mortars and rockets to carry more wounded back to the medical evacuation point. Moving forward a third time, he was knocked unconscious by the concussion of a B-40 rocket. Upon recovering, he refused medical evacuation for himself and moved toward the woodline from where he carried another American and three irregulars to another helicopter under heavy fire. While assisting yet other irregular soldiers pinned down by enemy fire, Sergeant Lopez fell mortally wounded. During the several hours that he moved about the battlefield assisting others, his bravery, courage and determination saved fourteen of his comrades. His continued feats of heroism in the face of certain death inspired his men to whom retreat or hesitation was unnecessary in the knowledge that he was among them. Sergeant Lopez's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 8 (February 4, 1969)

Action Date: 27-Jun-68

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Division: 1st Special Forces
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POSTED ON 5.28.2013
POSTED BY: http:www.sfclopez.com

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From http:www.sfclopez.com

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POSTED ON 4.27.2013
POSTED BY: Hank Lopez

To My Uncle-

I never knew you but I am proud to be your nephew. Your life and the service to your Country will never be forgotten-



Hank Lopez

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POSTED ON 6.28.2007
POSTED BY: nancy avey

school friend

I will always remember Manuel pulling my hair in math class, and getting me in touble with Mr. Cook.
I do miss the times we had
the laughter, the games and being back in school.
You are missed Manuel
Peace be with you
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