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Jose F Valdez, PFC

Birthdate: (20)
Birthplace: Gobermador, NM, United States
Death: month_error 1945 (20)
Rosenkranz Train Station (48°07′49.22″N 07°21′22.32″E), Rosenkranz, France (KIA Hostile Fire)
Place of Burial: Santa Fe, NM, United States
Occupation: Company B, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Jose F Valdez, PFC

Private First Class Jose F. Valdez (January 3, 1925-February 17, 1945) was a United States Army soldier who posthumously received the Medal of Honor — the United States' highest military decoration for his actions near Rosenkranz, France, in the Battle of the Colmar Pocket during World War II.

Medal of Honor citation

Jose F. Valdez

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Rosenkrantz, France, January 25, 1945.

Entered service at: Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Born: Governador, New Mexico

G.O. No.: 16, February 8, 1946.

He was on outpost duty with 5 others when the enemy counterattacked with overwhelming strength. From his position near some woods 500 yards beyond the American lines he observed a hostile tank about 75 yards away, and raked it with automatic rifle fire until it withdrew. Soon afterward he saw 3 Germans stealthily approaching through the woods. Scorning cover as the enemy soldiers opened up with heavy automatic weapons fire from a range of 30 yards, he engaged in a fire fight with the attackers until he had killed all 3. The enemy quickly launched an attack with 2 full companies of infantrymen, blasting the patrol with murderous concentrations of automatic and rifle fire and beginning an encircling movement which forced the patrol leader to order a withdrawal. Despite the terrible odds, Pfc. Valdez immediately volunteered to cover the maneuver, and as the patrol 1 by 1 plunged through a hail of bullets toward the American lines, he fired burst after burst into the swarming enemy. Three of his companions were wounded in their dash for safety and he was struck by a bullet that entered his stomach and, passing through his body, emerged from his back. Overcoming agonizing pain, he regained control of himself and resumed his firing position, delivering a protective screen of bullets until all others of the patrol were safe. By field telephone he called for artillery and mortar fire on the Germans and corrected the range until he had shells falling within 50 yards of his position. For 15 minutes he refused to be dislodged by more than 200 of the enemy; then, seeing that the barrage had broken the counter attack, he dragged himself back to his own lines. He died later as a result of his wounds. Through his valiant, intrepid stand and at the cost of his own life, PFC Valdez made it possible for his comrades to escape, and was directly responsible for repulsing an attack by vastly superior enemy forces

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Jose F Valdez, PFC's Timeline

January 3, 1925
Gobermador, NM, United States
month_error 1945
Age 20
Rosenkranz, France
Santa Fe, NM, United States