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World War II - U.S. Army

Marcario Garcia

Details
  • Rank: Staff Sergeant (rank at time of action: Private)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 22d Infantry,
    4th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 27, 1944
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Grosshau, Germany
Citation
While an acting squad leader of Company B, 22d Infantry, on 27 November 1944, near Grosshau, Germany, he singlehandedly assaulted two enemy machine-gun emplacements. Attacking prepared positions on a wooded hill, which could be approached only through meager cover, his company was pinned down by intense machine-gun fire and subjected to a concentrated artillery and mortar barrage. Although painfully wounded, he refused to be evacuated and on his own initiative crawled forward alone until he reached a position near an enemy emplacement. Hurling grenades, he boldly assaulted the position, destroyed the gun, and with his rifle killed three of the enemy who attempted to escape. When he rejoined his company, a second machine gun opened fire and again the intrepid soldier went forward, utterly disregarding his own safety. He stormed the position and destroyed the gun, killed three more Germans, and captured four prisoners. He fought on with his unit until the objective was taken and only then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care. SSgt. (then Pvt.) Garcia's conspicuous heroism, his inspiring, courageous conduct, and his complete disregard for his personal safety wiped out two enemy emplacements and enabled his company to advance and secure its objective.
Medal of Honor Recipient Marcario Garcia
Medal of Honor Recipient Marcario Garcia
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 23, 1945
    The White House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: January 2, 1920, Villa de Castano, Mexico
  • Died: December 24, 1972, Sugarland, TX, United States
  • Buried: Houston National Cemetery (MH) (HA-1), Houston, TX, United States
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