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I was informed of his passing by his daughter Hilda Eickenhorst. Ramirez, a career soldier and a native of Maricao, PR served with the 65th Inf. After the War he served at various posts in the Panama Canal Zone, the Continental United States and in West Germany. I went into the local bar to ask the owners if ever people ever found any relics on the battle field.
It just happened to be that the owner had recently found this helmet stuck in the branches of a tree way down in a lost valley, near Peira Cava, about 20 km away from col de Bross. After traveling extensively with the Army, including a tour in Desert Storm and Korea, the Mendez family transferred to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in June 1997 and have established a home in Arizona ever since.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart. Y., Kenneth; daughters, Cathleen Baker of Glenside, Montgomery County, Cynthia Perez of Bethlehem, Sonia Rivera of Ridgefield, N. Arguello, Juan Salazar, Rudy Salazar, Rick Salazar and Ray Salazar; sisters, Vidala S. His old-fashioned ways: no dating or makeup for his daughters. Ramon left school after eighth grade to help support his family. he thought he was supposed to be there." Over their grieving mother's objections, Ramon reenlisted, making the Army his career. PORTREX was the American military’s largest joint, amphibious, and airborne maneuvers in history.
He was a member of the Bethlehem area Men Of Retirement Age Club and the Hellertown American Legion Post 397. J.; brothers, John of Orlando, Fla., Peter of Mission Viejo, Calif.; sisters, Anna Mercado of West Hempstead, N. Markovic and Lina Salazar; 22 Grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; eight daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; aunt, Carmen Robledo. His ancestral pride: Every year, the family attended the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. He cut sugar cane, picked coffee beans, worked as a carpenter's helper and clerked in a food store. He eventually obtained his high school equivalency diploma, completed various military training courses and worked his way up the ranks to sergeant first class. The regiment’s defense of the island against the soldiers of the 3d Infantry Division and a battalion of paratroopers from the Army’s elite 82d Airborne Division received wide publicity and garnered the praises of the nation’s senior civilian and military leadership, which was instrumental in the decision to send the 65th Infantry to Korea following the outbreak of war there in June 1950.
From 1962 to 1965 he served on the Staff and Faculty of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Those close to him knew that his gruff demeanor belied a sensitive and caring soul.
After his discharge from the Army he lived in New York. He enjoyed his life, his family, his grandchildren, and playing his guitar. A fourth star was pinned on Rivero's shoulder board in 1964, making him the first Latino to reach that rank. As a nuclear weapons expert, Rivero was privy to the Manhattan Project. He was employed at Alamo Heights High School for over10 years where he retired. Ramon Semidey-Soto once told his brother that if he had to live his life over, he wouldn't change a thing. Twenty-two years as a custodian at the Episcopal seminary and a church in Alexandria after his military career. Arriving in Le Havre, France on November 3, 1944, the division saw bitter fighting during the Battle of the Bulge and at the Ruhr pocket and suffered some 6,100 battle casualties, including almost 1,100 killed in action.
Los Angeles Times Horacio "Rivets" Rivero, the Navy's first four-star admiral of Latino descent and the U. ambassador to Spain during the waning years of Francisco Franco's regime, has died. After the war, he worked on atomic bomb tests on the Pacific islands of Bikini and Eniwetok. In retirement, Rivero served as an adviser to the chief of naval operations, the Naval Academy, and the Naval War College He was a graduate of the New York Institute of Radio and Television. Wednesday, both in the Snyder-Hinkle Funeral Home, 527 Center St., Bethlehem. Willie Robledo Salazar, born July 17, 1931, went to be with Lord on Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at the age of 69. He was a devoted husband and very supportive father, he always was there to lend a helping hand to those in need. His brief 1950s courtship of Camelia, the pretty girl who lived across the street from his mother in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and the couple's sudden decision to marry when Ramon was on leave in 1955. After the war he served with the 15th Armored Division and then in the War Department General Staff.
He accepted to exchange the helmet for a "Pastis" (a famous alcohol from Provence) pitcher, that he then added to his pitcher collection. While stationed at Fort Huachuca, Bobby was an instructor at the NCO Academy and was active in the community by coaching little league baseball and soccer.
The helmet has remnants of camouflage on it, particularly visible on the front left side as a black streak. And, staying true to his roots, he was an avid Yankees and Giants fan.
This was followed by a tour as the Republic of Vietnam’s I Corps Senior U. He is survived by his brother Sam, children Diane, Michael, and Steven, and his grandchildren Michael, Jennifer, Stephanie, Daniel, Nicholas, and Christopher – to whom he was the Grand Colonel.