Peter David Guzman

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
17 March 1949 - 28 January 1970
Los Angeles, California
Panel 14W Line 074

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Peter David Guzman

17 Jun 2008

Their Boy, My Man

The year was '69 and he was called; their boy, my man.
They said, "the time had come to serve your country".
So off he went, their boy, my man.
"What's it all about?" They asked their boy,
I asked my man. Who's to say, who's to know?
He just knew he had to go, their boy, my man.
It was a battle, though not our war,
and we cried as he walked out the door.
There was nothing to gain, oh, so many to lose.
Why couldn't he have the choice... to choose?
Their boy, my man
We recieved his letters, read his despair.
Oh God, just why was he there?
Then the inevitable, we knew it could be,
the cold heartless telegram, he's missing, you see.
They regret to inform you, not something they choose,
but just who's the one who had to lose?
Their boy, my man.
They were his parents, he was their son.
They were allowed twenty years, then it was done.
I was his wife, young, in my my teens,
full of a lifetime, along with our dreams.
We thank God for at least that little time.
I thank Him always, for making him mine,
for he was their boy, he was my man -
no thanks to Viet Nam.


How tall and dark he was
Holding me in his tender embrace,
His cool blue eyes melting my heart,
But for the last time, that night.
He's going away from me;
Going to war in Viet Nam.

Now I live with memories,
Of the good times we had.
Walking hand in hand along the beach,
his sweet kisses just for me.
I hate that telegram that came,
And said
            He's dead.

What good are memories?

Rose Marie & Peter David Guzman - a cousin's wedding, February 1968.

Married September 12, 1969
Til death do us part ... 4 months later, 1/28/1970.

Until we meet again,
your wife,
Rose Marie Guzman-Luna


Specialist Fourth Class David Guzman, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Guzman of 3151 Pyrites St., was killed in action in Vietnam Jan. 28, 1970, while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

Guzman, whose name was not included in the list of Northeast Los Angeles war dead, brings the total for the local area to 10 known dead. Anyone with information about other Vietnam deaths can contact the paper at 254-5111.


Guzman was awarded the Bronze Star with V device, first oak leaf cluster for his heroism in ground combat on Jan 28, 1970. Guzman, who served as a grenadier in the third airmobile battalion of 506th infantry, attempted to rescue a fallen comrade who was injured in a North Vietnamese Army ambush.

He was wounded while attempting to crawl forward to reach the wounded man, and opened fire on the enemy position with his grenade launcher. Refusing medical care, he leveled covering fire for the remainder of his platoon and was mortally wounded.

The citation from the Army said. "while engaging the insurgents, he was mortally wounded. His complete unselfishness at the ultimate sacrifice of his own life prevented his element from receiving many more casualties."

Guzman was also awarded the Purple Heart, and an Air Medal for completion of 25 aerial flights in Vietnam.

Guzman's widow, Rosemarie Guzman Luna, 21, of 4626 Zane St., reported her late husband's death last week to Northeast Newspapers. Mrs. Luna remarried last year. She and Guzman had been married one week before Guzman shipped out for Vietnam on Sept. 17, 1969.

Guzman, who is buried at Resurrection Cemetery, was a student at Wilson High and a member of the football team before he entered the Army. He is also survived by his brother and sister, Larry and Shirley Guzman

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 28 January 1970, during Operation WASHINGTON GREEN, B Company 3/506th Infantry lost four men at Hill 474, 15 kilometers north-northwest of Bong Son. Jerry Berry, who served with 2/506 in Vietnam, wrote "My Gift to You" which documents the circumstances of the men who served and died with the Battalion. He opens his description of the events of 28 January as follows:
"[the] 3rd Platoon had orders to evacuate the bodies of the four Currahees from 1st Platoon, Delta Company who had been killed in action three days earlier on Hill 474. As the point element of the platoon, which included the point man, SP4 Frank Madrid, slack man, SP4 Peter Guzman, and platoon leader 2Lt John Shaffer, moved down a brushy ravine filled with large boulders, an NVA force ambushed them. The enemy allowed the troopers to get within a few feet of them before springing their ambush."
The four men killed in the fight were
  • 1LT John A. Shaffer, Syracuse, NY;
  • SGT Steven O. Dile, Chambersburg, PA (Silver Star);
  • SP4 Peter D. Guzman, Los Angeles, CA; and
  • SP4 Frank D. Madrid, Puerto De Luna, NM.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his wife,
Rose Marie Guzman-Luna

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 Jun 2008
Last updated 07/19/2008