Hector Santiago-Colon-Salinas, Puerto Rico
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 17° 58.704 W 066° 18.276
19Q E 785462 N 1989869
Quick Description: Vietnam War Medal of Honor Recipient for action in Quang Tri, Province, Republic of Vietnam on June 28, 1968. He was killed in action. He is buried in Cementerio Municipal de Salinas, Salinas, Puerto Rico in Lot B, Grave 412.
Location: Puerto Rico
Date Posted: 2/23/2018 11:04:13 AM
Waymark Code: WMXT6E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
He was born on December 20, 1942 in Salinas, Puerto Rico and died on June 28, 1968 in Vietnam. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *SANTIAGO-COLON, HECTOR
• Rank and Organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
• Place and Date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 June 1968
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Santiago-Colon distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a gunner in the mortar platoon of Company B. While serving as a perimeter sentry, Sp4c. Santiago-Colon heard distinct movement in the heavily wooded area to his front and flanks. Immediately he alerted his fellow sentries in the area to move to their foxholes and remain alert for any enemy probing forces. From the wooded area around his position heavy enemy automatic weapons and small-arms fire suddenly broke out, but extreme darkness rendered difficult the precise location and identification of the hostile force. Only the muzzle flashes from enemy weapons indicated their position. Sp4c. Santiago-Colon and the other members of his position immediately began to repel the attackers, utilizing hand grenades, antipersonnel mines and small-arms fire. Due to the heavy volume of enemy fire and exploding grenades around them, a North Vietnamese soldier was able to crawl, undetected, to their position. Suddenly, the enemy soldier lobbed a hand grenade into Sp4c. Santiago-Colon's foxhole. Realizing that there was no time to throw the grenade out of his position, Sp4c. Santiago-Colon retrieved the grenade, tucked it in to his stomach and, turning away from his comrades, absorbed the full impact of the blast. His heroic self-sacrifice saved the lives of those who occupied the foxhole with him, and provided them with the inspiration to continue fighting until they had forced the enemy to retreat from the perimeter. By his gallantry at the cost of his life and in the highest traditions of the military service, Sp4c. Santiago-Colon has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Armed Service: Army

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