Pedro Munoz

United States Navy
21 July 1943 - 12 May 1966
El Paso, Texas
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Silver Star

Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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5 Oct 2002

Pedro Munoz was a Navy Corpsman who gave his life while rendering medical assistance to members of the 1st squad, Bravo Co., 1st Battalion, 9th Marines on May 12, 1966.

During a furious battle with an overwhelming force of Main Force VC Regulars, twelve members of the fourteen man patrol were killed in action, and the other two were severely wounded.

HN Munoz, disregarding the withering fire, steadfastly gave medical care to members of the squad. Ultimately, he was mortally wounded by small arms fire while giving assistance to a Marine at the forward most position of the squad formation.

HN Munoz gallantly gave his life attemping to care for the Marines he cared deeply about.

For his couageous actions, HN Munoz was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. He will forever live in my memory.

Kenneth L. Brooks
Senior Corpsman, Bravo Co.

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A patrol from Bravo Company of the 1/9 Marines lost 13 Marines and one sailor on 12 May 1966 when they encountered a much larger VC unit:
  • 2ndLt John B. Capel, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Sgt Dallas C. Young, Salem, IL
  • Cpl James R. Howell, Tucson, AZ
  • LCpl Edgardo Caceres, Tacoma, WA (Silver Star)
  • LCpl Ralph G. Erdely, Springfield, MA
  • LCpl Richard W. Huntoon, Leicester, MA
  • HN Pedro Munoz, El Paso, TX (Silver Star)
  • Pfc Neal A. Denning, Willow Springs, NC
  • Pfc Robert E. Jones, Corona, CA
  • Pfc Ronald H. Justis, Selma, IN
  • Pfc James P. Laclear, East Lansing, MI
  • Pfc Wallace S. Perkins, Dallas, TX
  • Pfc John J. Schultz, Harper Woods, MI
  • Pfc Tommy R. White, Kennett, MO
Hospitalman Munoz was officially assigned to H&S Company, but was in the field with Bravo Company.

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