Raul Montes

Specialist Four
A CO, 1ST BN, 8TH INF RGT, 4 INF DIV
Army Of The United States
09 May 1944 - 22 March 1967
Los Angeles, CA
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4 INF DIV

8TH INF RGT
Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Raul Montes

15 February 2001

Beloved brother and son.

You were brightest of all five kids and the only one who had a real goal for the future. It took me six months to feel the full impact of losing you, and 33 years later I still haven't stopped crying. To look for your name on a wall is still very painful -- too final. But maybe this is a good start for me to finally find some closure.

I love you and will never forget you.

Good-bye.

From his little sister,
Esther Tinoco
ETatHomeNow@aol.com


28 July 2001

Most of the men in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, had been together since Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington; all were friends. They were the best friends and soldiers I ever knew.

On 22 March 1967, Alpha 1/8 was ambushed by a North Vietnamese Battalion near Polei Duc in the Valley of Tears (the Plei Trap Valley). No-one shirked his duty or lost his nerve, and the bravery they showed was beyond belief - a Medal of Honor, two DSC's, seven Silver Stars, and many Bronze Stars were earned that day, but we lost friends and brothers.

The men who died that day in the Battle at Polei Duc will be remembered by those who didn't until we eventually rejoin them.

A memorial from his Comrade-in-arms,
John Nelson
pointman@penn.com



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A memorial from his Little Sister,
Esther Tinoco
etinoco@calstatela.edu 
15 Feb 2001

Updated to include his Comrade-in-arms,
John Nelson
pointman@penn.com
28 July 2001



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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
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