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First Name: Roy

Last Name: Cisneros

Birthplace: San Antonio, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)

Home of Record: San Antonio, TX

Date of Birth: 06 February 1949

Date of Death: 11 September 1968

Rank: Corporal

Years Served:
Roy Cisneros

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Roy Cisneros

Corporal, U. S. Marine Corps

Navy Cross

Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Roy Cisneros (MCSN: 2341534), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Squad Leader with Company B, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 11 September 1968. While conducting a reconnaissance in force, Company B came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from a North Vietnamese Army company occupying fortified positions on Hill 461 in Quang Tri Province. During the ensuing fire fight, Corporal Cisneros skillfully maneuvered his squad across the hazardous terrain and, directing the fire of his men with devastating accuracy, was instrumental in the destruction of three enemy bunkers. When his men were pinned down by a heavy volume of fire from a fourth emplacement, he boldly advanced and single-handedly attempted to destroy the enemy position. After firing a light antitank assault weapon into the bunker, he fearlessly hurled hand grenades at the defenders as he aggressively continued his assault. Disregarding his own safety, he commenced firing his rifle and was delivering effective fire upon the North Vietnamese emplacements, when he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His resolute determination and intrepid fighting spirit inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his unit accounting for 45 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive leadership and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Cisneros upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 239734   Created by: MHOH




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