Marquez receives commendation 48-plus years later
An incorrect Social Security number delayed local resident Milton Marquez from receiving the Army Commendation Medal awarded to him for heroic actions in Vietnam in 1969, and after a year and a half investigation by the Texas Commission on Veterans Affairs, he received the medal with “V” device in March 2018. It wasn’t a desire to receive the medal which prompted Marquez to have the matter investigated. He wanted to determine if the medal belonged to whoever’s Social Security number was on his general orders, and noted that person should receive it, even 48-plus years later.
Marquez, who was born and reared in Aransas Pass, was drafted into the Army Aug. 21, 1968, at the age of 24. He never thought he would be drafted, but then he got letter from the Selective Service to go to Sinton, and from there he would be sent to San Antonio for his physical. He and six or seven others from Aransas Pass were sent to San Antonio, but he and Lloyd Burgess were only the ones to go end up going to serve, everyone else was sent home.
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