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First Lt. Baldomero Lopez

Tampa Native

 

—Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor —

 
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By Mike Stroud, January 9, 2010
1. First Lt. Baldomero Lopez Marker
Inscription. During the Inchon invasion in Korea, September 15, 1950, Marine 1st Lieutenant Lopez's platoon was engaging the enemy. Exposing himself to hostile fire he attempted to hurl a grenade into the pillbox whose fire was pinning them down. Wounded, he fell and dropped the grenade. Dragging his body forward, critically wounded and unable to grasp the grenade, he sacrificed himself rather than endanger the lives of his men. With his wounded right arm, he cradled the grenade under him absorbing the full impact of the explosion. With courage and devotion to duty, he gallantly gave his life for his men and his country.
 
Erected 1981 by Citizens of Tampa, The Tampa Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 27° 56.939′ N, 82° 27.391′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street and North Marion Street, on the right when traveling east on Madison Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Sacred Heart Church
First Lt. Baldomero Lopez Marker, looking east along Madison Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 9, 2010
2. First Lt. Baldomero Lopez Marker, looking east along Madison Street
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hillsborough Lodge (about 300 feet away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial II (about 400 feet away); 1851 † 1891 (about 400 feet away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial I (about 400 feet away); Federal Building (about 500 feet away); Courthouse Square (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
Also see . . .  The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients. Lopez's official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces during the Inchon invasion in Korea on 15 September 1950. With his platoon, First Lieutenant Lopez was engaged in the reduction of immediate enemy beach defenses after landing with the assault waves. Exposing himself to hostile fire, he moved forward alongside a bunker and prepared to throw a hand grenade into the next pillbox whose fire was pinning down that sector of the beach. Taken under fire by
First Lt. Baldomero Lopez Marker, looking west image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 9, 2010
3. First Lt. Baldomero Lopez Marker, looking west
an enemy automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his arm to throw, he fell backward and dropped the deadly missile. After a moment, he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve the grenade and throw it. In critical condition from pain and loss of blood, and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men and, with a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion. His exceptional courage, fortitude and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon First Lieutenant Lopez and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Harry S. Truman
President of the United States. (Submitted on February 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. HeroesHispanic AmericansMilitaryNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, Korean
 
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United States Marine Corps and Wikipedia
4. First Lt. Baldomero Lopez
Baldomero Lopez Funerary Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 1, 2010
5. Baldomero Lopez Funerary Marker
Burial site at Centro Asturiano Memorial Park Cemetery
(in Hillsborough County, just outside Tampa)
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By AGS Media, July 1, 2010
6. Baldomero Lopez Gravesite
The war hero is buried between two family members (presumably his parents).
Baldomero Lopez Memorial at Centro Asturiano Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, July 1, 2010
7. Baldomero Lopez Memorial at Centro Asturiano Memorial Park
The memorial, at the base of the cemetery's flagpole reads: (Left panel)
Centro Asturiano Memorial Park
(Right panel)
1996
In Memory of
Baldomero Lopez
Medal of Honor
1st Lt
US Marine Corps
Korea
1925 - 1950
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,676 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on June 9, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6, 7. submitted on July 2, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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