ANDREW A RUIZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 37 OF THE WALL

ANDREW ANDY RUIZ

WALL NAME

ANDREW A RUIZ

PANEL / LINE

38W/37

DATE OF BIRTH

06/02/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/22/1968

HOME OF RECORD

CLOVIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fresno County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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LEFT FOR ANDREW ANDY RUIZ
POSTED ON 8.31.2012
POSTED BY: Billy M. Brown

Honoring California Vietnam Casualties

May his sacrifice not be forgotten. Picture from the 1967 Clovis High School Annual

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POSTED ON 1.3.2012

Never Forgotten

(Photo Credit: Alison McFarlane) Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 12.14.2010

CLOVIS MARINE, 20, DIES IN VIET BATTLE

Twice-wounded Marine Cpl. Andrew A. Ruiz, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesus R. Ruiz of 1304 Fifth St., Clovis, was just a month away from coming home for Christmas when he was killed Friday by enemy fire. He was a fourth generation member of the Clovis community, was graduated from Clovis High School in June 1967 and joined the Marine Corps two months later. He suffered fragmentation wounds in the head and face from an enemy mine last July, returned to duty with Company D, 1st Batallion, 1st Marine Regiment in late August and was again wounded by enemy fire in September. Awarded a Purple Heart with cluster, he again joined his outfit in October and was fighting in the Quang Nam province of South Vietnam when an enemy bullet struck him and he fell for the last time. “Reliable Kid” “He was a friendly, reliable kid,” recalls Lloyd Leest, his high school counselor. “Whether it was in his linebacker position on the football team or some other endeavor, you could count on him to do his best.” Ray Busick, operator of the Clovis Central Market, remembers Ruiz from the time he came in front classes at Luther E. Weldon Elementary School when he was about 12 years old. “You got work to do and I can do it,” the boy told Busick, “and you can pay me what you think I’m worth.” Ruiz swept floors at first, later became a box boy and finally operated a checkout stand. It was to be the only civilian job he ever had. He stayed with the store until joining the Marines. “Sense of Humor” Mrs. George Gage of Clovis recalls him as a “friendly boy who used to ride his bicycle over to our house to play with my boys. He had a good sense of humor and the kids thought a lot of him.” Some Clovis people remember the day he took his savings from working in the grocery store to buy a banged-up 1964 station wagon. “He worked on it every chance he got. He made it into a pretty good car and it was his pride and joy,” Busick recalls. Surviving him are his parents; two brothers, Phillip and Ernest; a sister, Mrs. Linda Riveria; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Salazar; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Grace Ruiz, and great-grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Demetrio Herrera, all of Clovis. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Funeral services will be announced by Boice Funeral Home. [Publication and date not known]
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POSTED ON 5.2.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Andrew is buried at Clovis Cemetery District, Clovis, CA. PH
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POSTED ON 5.9.2006
POSTED BY: Elizabeth A. Ruiz

To my cousin Andy

To my cousin Andy,
Recently I showed my father, who is also your Godfather and your Uncle Adrian this memorial page of you. He wept.
Your Uncle Adrian is now 79 years old and your Aunt Lupe your Godmother is 77.
I want you to know that the memory of you was always kept alive growing up in our house in Norwalk, California. Uncle Adrian and Aunt Lupe made sure of that. They were so very proud of you.
Even though our families lived far apart, both our parents made sure that the families were close. I remember the many times you came to visit us in Norwalk and especially that last time. I was 7 years old and I have this vivid memory of you walking through our front door in your uniform holding that huge pack over your shoulder. You were so handsome and brave and strong and your smile was endless.
The many years have passed, but always know that your cousins in L.A. Andy, Chea, David, (rest in peace) Joe, Robert, Lizzy, Mark (rest in peace) and Daniel love you and thank you for what you did and we still to this day speak of you fondly and remember you and speak to our children of you and we continue to be very proud of our cousin Andy and his many brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to this great country and continue to do so to this very day.

May you rest in peace and may God continue to keep you in his loving embrace.

Love, your cousin Lizzy
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