ARMANDO GARZA LEAL, JR.
on Sept. 20, 1946
From San Antonio, Texas
Casualty was on Sept. 4, 1967
in Quang Tin, South Vietnam
25E - - Line 103
Armando Leal, Jr.
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.
San Antonio there is a school named in honor of Armando Leal, Jr. Pictures
taken by Jim Pierce
and Fellow Corpsman
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
Vincent Capodanno Memorial