RICKY J ALMANZA
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HONORED ON PANEL 45W, LINE 30 OF THE WALL

RICKY JEROME ALMANZA

WALL NAME

RICKY J ALMANZA

PANEL / LINE

45W/30

DATE OF BIRTH

10/16/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/03/1968

HOME OF RECORD

MOLINE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Rock Island County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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LEFT FOR RICKY JEROME ALMANZA
POSTED ON 3.7.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Ricky Jerome Almanza, 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 9.3.2013
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

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 Ricky Jerome Almanza (MCSN: 2379991), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 3 September 1968, Company M was conducting a search and destroy operation near Go Noi Island in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms, mortar and automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying defensive positions in a tree line. During the ensuing fire fight, a Marine of the Second Platoon fell seriously wounded in a position dangerously exposed to the intense hostile fire. Reacting instantly, Corporal Almanza skillfully deployed his squads and, shouting words of encouragement to his men, directed them in delivering suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. Disregarding his own safety, he commenced maneuvering across fifty meters of fire-swept terrain, and as he approached the casualty, he was wounded. Ignoring the painful injury, Corporal Almanza resolutely continued to advance, and reaching the side of his comrade, he fearlessly moved him through intense hostile fire to a position of relative safety. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he continued to direct his platoon until he was medically evacuated, although he subsequently succumbed to his wounds. His bold initiative and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine. By his courage, aggressive leadership and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Almanza upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Authority: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force Pacific

Action Date: September 3, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company M

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 1.14.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Ricky is buried at Rock Island National Cemetery, SS PH-GS

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POSTED ON 12.8.2012

Photo

Ricky Almanza, Joe Walters, Jim Quinn, Cpl. Payne, (Marine kneeling, Unknown)


(picture courtesy of Joe Walters)


 


Rest in peace with the warriors.

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POSTED ON 12.8.2012

Remembered

(Photo Credit: Joe Walters)


 


Rest in peace with the warriors.

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