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 10.28.2015
POSTED BY: Ted Godlove

Last words

When Frank and I we laying on the ground; he turned to me and said Ted; what a great last patrol. Frank was scheduled to rotate back to the US after a tour and extension and extended his stay to take out this patrol as every one was available and the new Sargent was on sick leave. Frank tool out the patrol and would rotate as soon as he got back. We were surrounded and you could see the enemy in every direction. When we stood up for the helicopter everyone started firing on us. Frank pulled me to the ground, once the helicopter landed may be 2 sec as I stood up I saw Franks cheek skill flapping in the helicopter down draft, Paul screaming in pain and Chuck Goldmeyer, who died 2 day later, covered in blood and body parts. Great last patrol
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POSTED ON 10.27.2015
POSTED BY: Ted Godlove

A brave Marine

I was Frank's point man on this patrol.As the helicopter was landing. He held Paul in one arm. me and the strobe in the other and backup to land. He pulled me to the ground as everyone started to fire at us. After the helicopter landed he still had his arm around me I stood up and pulled on his arm, I realized he had no head. I believed he saved my life when he pulled me to the ground.
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POSTED ON 12.30.2014
POSTED BY: Mark Price

Silver Star Citation

I did not know Corporal Montez, in fact I stumbled across his grave accidently because he is buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery near my father's grave and I was intrigued by the Silver Star and Bronze Star listed on his headstone. Being a retired Marine myself, my curiosity lead me to his Silver Star Citation:
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.
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POSTED ON 5.3.2013

Photo

(Photo Credit: Ed Rowland)



Rest in peace with the warriors.

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POSTED ON 1.2.2012

Never Forgotten

(Photo Credit: Larry Huffman) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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