Pedro Antonio RiosSergeant First Class
2ND PLT, D CO, 1ST BN, 501ST INFANTRY, 101 ABN DIV
Army of the United States
16 March 1929 - 21 May 1969
Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Sergeant First Class Pedro Rios was a Great Man.
He was my Platoon Sergeant and a friend. He was a professional soldier who earned the love and respect of all who served both under and over him. He was on his second tour in Nam when I knew him. He often talked about finishing his 20 and getting to spend more time with his family whom he always spoke of with love.
He was picked off by a sniper at the onset of an ambush. Sgt Rios always stood out as a leader of men in any group. Maybe that worked against him that day.
Every Combat Vet I have ever spoken to, from a Colonel down to a Private, who EVER met Sgt Rios NEVER forgot him. There was something truly amazing about this man.
A True American Hero.
From a friend and comrade-in-arms,
My name is Raul Rosado, a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, actually living in Atlanta, Georgia. I met Sgt. Rios while I was stationed in Hawaii, 1963-1965. His family is from the same area where I grew up. I know his brother Julio and his sister Esther.
The last time I saw him, he was in P.R. and told me he was going to VN for a second trip. He also presented his respects for my brother's death in Viet Nam.
I was very sorry to hear that just a couple of weeks before leaving VN he got killed. I can say he was an honorable gentleman and a great soldier.
From a fellow soldier,
A Note from The Virtual WallIn mid-morning of 21 May 1969 C and D Companies, 1/501st Infantry began an enagement with an enemy force occupying bunkers in the vicinity of Hill 270, in the Tien River Valley about 6 kilometers east-southeast of Tien Phuoc. The fighting lasted through the afternoon and when it ended 12 men from the two companies were dead:
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a friend and Comrade in Arms,
Harvey (Sully) Sullivan
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Oct 2002
Last updated 02/01/2008