JOSE A ORTIZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 19W, LINE 108 OF THE WALL

JOSE ANGEL ORTIZ

WALL NAME

JOSE A ORTIZ

PANEL / LINE

19W/108

DATE OF BIRTH

06/28/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/24/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CORPUS CHRISTI

COUNTY OF RECORD

Nueces County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOSE ANGEL ORTIZ
POSTED ON 8.24.2014
POSTED BY: A Fellow Marine, USMC, Vietnam, 1969

Silver Star Citation

Jose A. Ortiz
Date of death: August 24, 1969
Home of record: Corpus Christi Texas
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 Lance Corporal Jose A. Ortiz (MCSN: 2466149), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 24 August 1969, Lance Corporal Ortiz's platoon was searching a village in Quang Nam Province. Looking inside a house, Lance Corporal Ortiz alertly observed a North Vietnamese Army utility shirt caught in a trap door and, informing his men of his discovery, led his fire team into the house. Quietly moving up to the trap door, he suddenly kicked it open. As he did so, a burst of hostile automatic weapon fire was directed at him and two hand grenades were thrown out. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Ortiz shouted a warning to his men and pushed the three of them out of the house, placing himself between them and the grenades in the few seconds before the explosion. Lance Corporal Ortiz was mortally wounded by grenade fragments, however, his three men, who received lesser wounds because of his valiant act, survived. Exiting a few minutes later, the North Vietnamese soldiers he had discovered were killed by the Marines. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of three men. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Ortiz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: August 24, 1969

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Company I

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
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POSTED ON 6.28.2014
POSTED BY: Ed Klek D 1-1 1966

Silver Star

Jose Ortiz also was awarded the Silver Star.
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POSTED ON 5.23.2014
POSTED BY: Tom Hannon

My Squad Leader

I was a platoon corpsman with H. Co 2/4 Ist Platoon. I admired, respected and trusted Jose. His sense of humor was contagious. His focus on what needed to be done was striking. I had been wounded and evacuated before Jose was killed. I heard from others he died trying to rescue fellow marines after being ambushed. I remember his great smile and crisp way of speaking. I will touch his name and say a quiet prayer this Memorial Day in Washington, DC.
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POSTED ON 1.30.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LCPL Jose Angel Ortiz, 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
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POSTED ON 8.24.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.

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