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Democrat TX 16

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  • Honoring Juan C. Marquez

    by Representative Beto O'Rourke

    Posted on 2014-01-16

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    O'ROURKE of texas in the house of representatives Thursday, January 16, 2014 Mr. O'ROURKE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of World War II Veteran and El Pasoan, Juan C. Marquez.

    Private Marquez served as a rifleman in the United States Army during the Second World War. He began his tour of duty in Europe, where he served with the 44th Infantry Division, 3rd Battalion, and the 71st Infantry Regiment. While in combat, Private Marquez suffered shrapnel wounds. Later, while serving in northeastern France, a German tank struck Private Marquez, as a result of which he endured broken ribs and a separated shoulder.

    For his courageous efforts, Private Marquez was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.

    On August 29, 1948 after returning home to El Paso, Mr. Marquez was in a fatal car crash. He was survived by his wife and four children. This great El Pasoan's distinguished service is an inspiration to all Americans and his dedication and resolve is an example to all serving in the Armed Forces.


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