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Korean War - U.S. Marine Corps

Fernando Luis Garcia

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines,
    1st Marine Division (Rein)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 5, 1952
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Korea
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of Company I, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While participating in the defense of a combat outpost located more than one mile forward of the main line of resistance during a savage night attack by a fanatical enemy force employing grenades, mortars, and artillery, Pfc. Garcia, although suffering painful wounds, moved through the intense hail of hostile fire to a supply point to secure more hand grenades. Quick to act when a hostile grenade landed nearby, endangering the life of another marine, as well as his own, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and immediately threw his body upon the deadly missile, receiving the full impact of the explosion. His great personal valor and cool decision in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Fernando L. Garcia
Medal of Honor Recipient Fernando L. Garcia
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 25, 1953
    City Hall, Utuado, Puerto Rico, presented to parents
  • Born: October 14, 1929, Utuado, Puerto Rico
  • Died: September 5, 1952, Korea
  • Buried: Puerto Rico National Cemetery ('In Memory' marker) (MH) Bayamon, Puerto Rico; National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (Wall of the Missing), Honolulu, HI, United States

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