FRANK J MONTEZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 18W, LINE 117 OF THE WALL

FRANK JAMES MONTEZ

WALL NAME

FRANK J MONTEZ

PANEL / LINE

18W/117

DATE OF BIRTH

01/18/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/20/1969

HOME OF RECORD

SALINAS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Monterey County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR FRANK JAMES MONTEZ
POSTED ON 11.11.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Frank Montez, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is Veterans’ Day. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.18.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Corporal Frank James Montez, Served with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 9.20.2017
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Frank James Montez
Date of birth: January 18, 1950
Date of death: September 20, 1969
Home of record: Salinas California
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Frank James Montez (MCSN: 2375978), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Patrol Leader with Company A, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. While Corporal Montez was conducting a reconnaissance patrol in Quang Nam Province on the evening of 20 September 1969, the point man detected signs of North Vietnamese Army soldiers in the area. Quickly establishing his men in defensive positions and requesting an aerial observer, Corporal Montez led three of his Marines in a search of the vicinity and encountered a bunker containing two hostile soldiers. The enemy immediately fired at the small Marine patrol. Instantly returning the fire, Corporal Montez killed one of the men then, throwing hand grenades, forced the other to retreat. With the arrival of the aerial observer, he skillfully withdrew the team to covered positions and directed fire on suspected North Vietnamese Army emplacements. While the aerial observer was making his firing runs, the Marines came under intense fire from hostile soldiers occupying another bunker and Corporal Montez fearlessly moved across the dangerous terrain to direct the fire of his men and silence the enemy fire. Directed by the aerial observer to proceed to a landing zone for extraction, Corporal Montez continually exposed himself to pursuing hostile fire as he assisted a companion who had been wounded during the brief engagement. After arriving at the landing zone, he ignored the North Vietnamese Army rounds impacting around him to examine the casualties and distribute ammunition to his men. When an extraction aircraft commenced an approach into the site, Corporal Montez boldly stood in full view of the enemy soldiers to guide the pilot with a strobe light, and, while thus dangerously exposed, he was mortally wounded by hostile fire. His heroic actions and determined efforts inspired all who observed him. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Montez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

Action Date: September 20, 1969

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Reconnaissance Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 9.20.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Frank James Montez, 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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POSTED ON 11.7.2015
POSTED BY: Melissa Bettencourt Hawkins

Thank you to all who have left comments

I believe Frank was my uncle and before I came across this site, I knew little about him other than he died very young in Vietnam. I never got to meet but he sure looks like my sister and actually, my little boy. I am very grateful for all your comments. Thank you
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