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First Name: Armando

Last Name: Leal

Birthplace: San Antonio, TX, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Home of Record: San Antonio, TX
Middle Name: Garza

Date of Birth: 20 September 1946

Date of Death: 04 September 1967

Rank or Rate: Hospitalman

Years Served:
Armando Garza Leal, Jr.

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Armando Garza Leal, Jr.

Hospitalman 3rd Class, U. S. Navy

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 Hospitalman Third Class [then Hospitalman] Armando Garza Leal, Jr. (NSN: B-704027), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 4 September 1967 while serving as Corpsman with the Second Platoon, Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation SWIFT, the Second Platoon was providing security for the Battalion Command Group when the platoon came under heavy enemy fire. Petty Officer Leal ran through the fire-swept area, and began administering first aid to several casualties who were directly exposed to grazing fire. Although constantly exposed to heavy fire, and painfully wounded himself, he rendered aid for two hours to wounded Marines who were located between friendly and enemy lines. He refused to be evacuated in order that he might continue his mission of mercy. While treating his comrades and moving them to protected areas, Petty Officer Leal was severely wounded for a second time and, despite being immobilized, calmly continued to aid his wounded comrades. A Marine tried to drag him to a covered position, but was shot in the hand and, at that time, Petty Officer Leal received a third wound. Petty Officer Leal pushed the Marine and told him to take cover from the assaulting enemy whom they both could see. Suddenly a North Vietnamese soldier fired a machine gun from close range, mortally wounding Petty Officer Leal. Through his swift actions and professional skill in aiding and protecting the wounded, he significantly eased the suffering and undoubtedly saved the lives of several of his comrades. His exceptional courage and unfaltering dedication to duty in the face of great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Origin of Nickname/Handle:

Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 259995   Created by: MHOH




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