Marcario Garcia, SSG

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Marcario Garcia, SSG

Birthdate: (52)
Birthplace: Coacalco, State of Mexico, Mexico
Death: December 24, 1972 (52)
Houston, TX, United States (car accident)
Place of Burial: Houston, TX, United States
Occupation: Company B, 22d Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Marcario Garcia, SSG

Staff Sergeant Marcario Garcia or Macario Garcia (January 20, 1920-December 24, 1972) born in Villa de Castaño, Mexico, was the first Mexican immigrant to receive the Medal of Honor, the United States' highest military decoration. He received the award for his heroic actions as a soldier during World War II.

Medal of Honor citation

Marcario Garcia

Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, US Army B Company 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Grosshau, Germany---November 27, 1944.

Entered service at: Sugarland, Texas

Born: January 20, 1920, Villa de Castano, Mexico

G.O. # 74 September 1, 1945.


Staff Sergeant Marcario Garcia, Company B, 22nd Infantry, in action involving actual conflict with the enemy in the vicinity of Grosshau, Germany, 27 November 1944. While an acting squad leader, he single-handedly assaulted two enemy machine gun emplacements. Attacking prepared positions on a wooded hill, which could be approached only through meager cover. His company was pinned down by intense machine-gun fire and subjected to a concentrated artillery and mortar barrage. Although painfully wounded, he refused to be evacuated and on his own initiative crawled forward alone until he reached a position near an enemy emplacement. Hurling grenades, he boldly assaulted the position, destroyed the gun, and with his rifle killed three of the enemy who attempted to escape. When he rejoined his company, a second machine-gun opened fire and again the intrepid soldier went forward, utterly disregarding his own safety. He stormed the position and destroyed the gun, killed three more Germans, and captured four prisoners. He fought on with his unit until the objective was taken and only then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care. S/Sgt. (then Pvt.) Garcia's conspicuous heroism, his inspiring, courageous conduct, and his complete disregard for his personal safety wiped out two enemy emplacements and enabled his company to advance and secure its objective

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Marcario Garcia, SSG's Timeline

January 20, 1920
Coacalco, State of Mexico, Mexico
December 24, 1972
Age 52
Houston, TX, United States
Houston, TX, United States