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Born on Sept. 20, 1946
From San Antonio, Texas
Casualty was on Sept. 4, 1967
in Quang Tin, South Vietnam

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Armando Leal, Jr.

HN Armando Leal served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Mike Company. He was killed during Operation SWIFT trying to save his wounded Marines. For his heroic actions, Doc Leal was awarded the Navy Cross, posthumously. Father Vincent Capodanno was also killed trying to help save the wounded young Corpsman. Armando Leal's name stands proudly on the  Mike 3/5 Wall of Honor alongside the Marines he cared for and died with. Semper Fidelis, Doc. We will never forget.


In San Antonio there is a school named in honor of Armando Leal, Jr. Pictures taken by Jim Pierce

Friend and Fellow Corpsman

:I  knew Armando, we ran together while stationed at the Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. He was a very easily liked person who was admired by everyone who knew him. I can't remember him ever having a cross word to say about anyone. When the news came back to the hospital that he had been killed, it was as though a hush came over the entire command. The HM barracks in Corpus Christi were dedicated in his honor.There are two others who were there with him who knew him better than I did. They were twins from Kansas named Leon and Loren Brown. God bless, Darryl Guidry

Operation SWIFT

Father Vincent Capodanno Memorial