Mario Juan MendiasSpecialist Four
B CO, 1ST BN, 26TH INF RGT, 1 INF DIV
Army of the United States
10 January 1948 - 02 March 1969
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The database page for Mario Juan Mendias
Mario was a 1966 graduate of Marfa High School, Marfa, Texas. He was a life time resident. He was in his junior year at Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas, when he decided to volunteer for the draft. He had played in the Marfa High School Band in high school, also played the guitar and enjoyed riding horses.
He was trained as an infantryman and started his tour in Vietnam in January 1969. He was in his second month in Vietnam when he was killed by multiple fragmentation wounds. He was serving as the point man on a reconnaissance-in-force operation near Lai Khe when he sighted a well fortified enemy position, simultaneously warning his comrades. With complete disregard for his own safety, he braved hostile fire as he neutralized one enemy position with automatic rifle fire while standing in the aggressors' killing zone. Undaunted by the enemy fire, he threw hand grenades to mark the position further. He was mortally wounded by an enemy RPG when he attempted to move to a more secure postion. He was awarded a posthumous Bronze Star Medal with "V" device.
He is remembered on the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial located at Midland International Airport, Midland, Texas.
From a PBVVM representative,
God Bless our American Soldiers
From the Mendias Family
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009