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First Name: Rudolph

Last Name: Tamez

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)



Home of Record: Bexar County, TX
Middle Name: Martin



Date of Birth: 26 June 1927

Date of Death: 03 February 2005

Rank: Colonel

Years Served:
Rudolph Martin Tamez

   
Engagements:
•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

Rudolph Martin Tamez
Colonel, U.S. Army

In October 1952, then-First Lieutenant Rudolph Martin Tamez was Commanding Company A, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in Korea.

On 15 October, 1LT Tamez's unit was engaged with enemy forces in the vicinity of Kumhwa, North Korea. 1LT Tamez led his men through a heavy enemy barrage in an assault on commanding terrain features and, as his troops approached the objective, the enemy added a concentrated barrage of small arms fire to the artillery fire. Realizing the consequences of a stalemate, 1LT Tamez exposed himself to the enemy fire in order to move through the area, reorganizing his men and urging them forward. Through his leadership, Company A secured a section of the objective. When 1LT Tamez learned that an adjacent company's objective had not been taken, he led a group of his men back across the valley floor, integrating remnants of the other unit with his own. 1LT Tamez led the force in an assault that resulted in the ultimate capture of that sector of the position. After aiding in the evacuation of the wounded, 1LT Tamez returned to his company's position on the hill and remained there, assisting his men in holding against enemy counterattacks. His courageous and inspiring leadership earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

1LT Tamez was wounded by a grenade the following day, 16 October, and was hospitalized for his wounds. He was returned to duty with Far East Command (FECOM).

Tamez retired as a Colonel in the Army.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Cross
Purple Heart with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
World War II Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Rudolph M. Tamez (ASN: 0-67766), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Commanding an Infantry Company of the 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. First Lieutenant Tamez distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, on 15 October 1952. On that date, Lieutenant Tamez led his men through a heavy enemy barrage in an assault on commanding terrain features. As his troops approached the objective, the enemy added a concentrated barrage of small arms fire to the artillery fire. Realizing the consequences of a stalemate, Lieutenant Tamez bravely exposed himself to the enemy fire in order to move throughout the area, reorganizing his men and urging them forward. Through his brilliant leadership, the company was successful in securing a section of the objective. When Lieutenant Tamez realized that the objective of an adjacent company had not been taken, he voluntarily led a group of his men back across the valley floor, integrating remnants of the other unit with his own. Lieutenant Tamez led the force in a spirited assault which resulted in the ultimate capture of that sector of the position. After aiding in the evacuation of the wounded, Lieutenant Tamez returned to his unit's position on the hill and remained there, assisting his men in holding against enemy counter-attacks.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 817 (September 6, 1953)

Death and Burial

Colonel Rudolph Martin Tamez died on 3 February 2005. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Arlington County, VA, in Section 60, Site 7242.

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