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Edinburg in Hidalgo County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy” Gonzalez Memorial

 
 
Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 16, 2008
1. Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial
Inscription.
Dedicated in memory
of
Sgt. Alfredo
“Freddy” Gonzalez

USMC
1946 - 1968

Congressional Medal of Honor
Post-humously 1969
Battle of Hue City,
Vietnam

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 26° 17.148′ N, 98° 9.384′ W. Marker is in Edinburg, Texas, in Hidalgo County. Marker is at the intersection of East Freddy Gonzalez Drive and South 18th Avenue, on the left when traveling east on East Freddy Gonzalez Drive. Touch for map. This memorial is located in the Town Park. Marker is in this post office area: Edinburg TX 78539, United States of America.
 
Regarding Sgt. Alfredo "Freddy" Gonzalez Memorial. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: *GONZALEZ, ALFREDO (KILLED IN ACTON)
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Near Thua Thien, Republic of Vietnam, 4 February 1968. Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex. Born: 23 May 1946, Edinburg Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon commander, 3d Platoon, Company A.
Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 16, 2008
2. Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial
In honor of
Dolia Gonzalez
mother of Sgt. Alfredo “Freddy”
Gonzalez USMC
“Nothing on earth is more
precious than the love and
devotion of an
affectionate mother.”
On 31 January 1968, during the initial phase of Operation Hue City, Sgt. Gonzalez' unit was formed as a reaction force and deployed to Hue to relieve the pressure on the beleaguered city. While moving by truck convoy along Route No. 1, near the village of Lang Van Lrong, the marines received a heavy volume of enemy fire. Sgt. Gonzalez aggressively maneuvered the marines in his platoon, and directed their fire until the area was cleared of snipers. Immediately after crossing a river south of Hue, the column was again hit by intense enemy fire. One of the marines on top of a tank was wounded and fell to the ground in an exposed position. With complete disregard for his safety, Sgt. Gonzalez ran through the fire-swept area to the assistance of his injured comrade. He lifted him up and though receiving fragmentation wounds during the rescue, he carried the wounded marine to a covered position for treatment. Due to the increased volume and accuracy of enemy fire from a fortified machine gun bunker on the side of the road, the company was temporarily halted. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sgt. Gonzalez exposed himself to the enemy fire and moved his platoon along the east side of a bordering rice paddy to a dike directly across from the bunker. Though fully aware of the danger involved, he moved to the fire-swept road and destroyed the hostile position with hand grenades. Although
Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial (rear) image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 16, 2008
3. Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial (rear)
seriously wounded again on 3 February, he steadfastly refused medical treatment and continued to supervise his men and lead the attack. On 4 February, the enemy had again pinned the company down, inflicting heavy casualties with automatic weapons and rocket fire. Sgt. Gonzalez, utilizing a number of light antitank assault weapons, fearlessly moved from position to position firing numerous rounds at the heavily fortified enemy emplacements. He successfully knocked out a rocket position and suppressed much of the enemy fire before falling mortally wounded. The heroism, courage, and dynamic leadership displayed by Sgt. Gonzalez reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
 
Categories. War, Vietnam
 
Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 16, 2008
4. Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales Memorial
This photo is a distant shot of the marker
Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 15, 2008
5. Sgt. Alfredo Freddy Gonzales gravesite
Freddy Gonzales is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Edinburg, TX. He is in Section 5, Block 12, Lot 5. The grave GPS coordinates are N26.3070 W98.1425
East Freddy Gonzales Drive & South 28th Street image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 15, 2008
6. East Freddy Gonzales Drive & South 28th Street
The GPS coordinates are N26.2872 W98.1471
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 1,160 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 20, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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