Hispanic Purple Heart Recipients


The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It may also be awarded for maltreatment endured while a prisoner of war.  The Purple Heart is the oldest United States decoration for military merit.  Originally known as the badge for military merit, it was originally established by George Washington in 1792.

Name Born Birth Place Branch Note
Aguilar, John G. 10/06/1927 Watts, CA U.S. Army Received the Bronze Star, Commendation  
Ribbon with Pendant and Purple Heart.
Arce Ayala, Thomas   Corozal, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Served with the U.S. Army’s 14th Armored  
Batallion during World War II in the  
Ardennes, Normandy, Northern France and  
the Rhineland. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Carreras, Benigno   Honolulu, HI U.S. Army Army veteran of the Korean War.  
Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Cintron Medina, Juan 04/09/1946 Yabucoa, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star,  
Army Comendation, Cross of Gallantry,  
Vietnam Honor Medal and the Presidential  
Unit Citation, for Heroic actions on Dec. 1966  
in the Republic of Vietnam. Served with the  
1st Cav. Div. (Airmobile) Co. C 8 Combat Eng. 
Cuellar, Santiago 01/01/1912 Laredo, TX U.S. Army Enlisted in the United States Army in 1940  
and served with the 2nd Division in WWII.  
He was awarded the Purple Heart during  
combat in France and retired from Kelly AFB 
in 1977 after 30 years of service.
Martinez, Gabriel R.   Spelter, WV U.S. Army World War II veteran, served in the Army  
from 1943 and was honorably separated in  
1946 with the rank of captain. During the  
war, Martinez was a combat infantry officer  
in the European Theater and saw action  
in Northern France, the Rhineland, the  
Ardennes and Central Europe. Martinez  
was awarded the Distinguished Service  
Cross, two Silver Stars, three Purple Hearts  
and the WWII Victory Medal.
Martinez, James Anthony 06/14/1940 Los Angeles, CA U.S. Army Served in the Army’s 182nd Airborne  
Special Forces and received the Purple  
Heart for being wounded in Southeast Asia.
Pagan Rivera, Jose E.   Fajardo, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving  
in Vietnam. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Rodriguez Valentin, Pablo M.   Fajardo, Puerto Rico U.S. Army Served in the Army during the Vietnam  
War and was awarded the Purple Heart  
after being wounded in action. 
Romero, Genaro 08/26/1920 Arizona U.S. Army Veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II,  
Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Tapia, Henry 03/05/1920   U.S. Army Served in the U.S. Army during World War II  
being awared four Bronze Stars ant the Purple Heart.  
Retired from Kelly A.F.B.
Trujillo, Richard D.   Clayton, NM   Vietnam veteran. Recipient of the Purple Heart.
Veles Garcia, Richard 02/07/1922 Honolulu, HI U.S. Army Served in the U.S. Army Infantry. Korean War  
veteran. Missing in action, near Sodochon, Korea; 
body never recovered. Recipient of the Purple Heart.


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