GONZALO H VILLASENOR
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HONORED ON PANEL 27W, LINE 57 OF THE WALL

GONZALO H VILLASENOR

WALL NAME

GONZALO H VILLASENOR

PANEL / LINE

27W/57

DATE OF BIRTH

08/20/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

HUA NGHIA

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/11/1969

HOME OF RECORD

FT WORTH

COUNTY OF RECORD

TARRANT COUNTY

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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LEFT FOR GONZALO H VILLASENOR
POSTED ON 12.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Gonzalo H Villasenor, 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 7.22.2013
POSTED BY: Gerald L. Rude

Thanks

We were schoolmates in South St Paul, MN, you protected me many times from the "bullies". Thank you for your sacrifice. I have talked to you at the "wall'".
God Bless
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POSTED ON 2.8.2013
POSTED BY: William Buck

Remembrance

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POSTED ON 4.11.2012
POSTED BY: A Vietnam Vet.

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded posthumously 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 Specialist Fourth Class Gonzalo H. Villasenor (ASN: RA-15812734), 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 Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Villasenor distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 11 April 1969 while serving as a rifleman with a platoon operating in Hau Nghia Province. His platoon was carrying out an intelligence mission when the lead man detected an enemy ambush in time to warm his comrades. A fire fight erupted, and the hostile forces were routed. Wishing to maintain contact with the fleeing enemy, the platoon pressed forward. On entering a wooded area, the friendly element came under an enfilade from automatic weapons, rifle grenades and mortars. Identifying a source of enemy fire to the left flank, Specialist Villasenor began moving toward the emplacement. Although he was struck in the leg by hostile fire, he continued advancing, crawling toward the bunker, alternately firing his rifle and tossing grenades. Just as he succeeded in silencing his target, he came under intense fire from another enemy fortification. Despite being wounded a second time, he bravely retaliated with a hail of rifle fire. Continuing forward he received a fatal wound to the head ending his brave advance. Specialist Four Villasenor's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2024 (1969)

Action Date: 11-Apr-69

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Headquarters and Headquarters Company

Battalion: 1st Battalion (Mechanized)

Regiment: 5th Infantry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division
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POSTED ON 8.12.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Gonzalo is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort worth,TX. DSC BSM PH
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