I also showed them some pictures and mementos of those who were KIA during the battle which I leave at the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC when I visit during the Memorial Day Weekend. I create a personalized tribute to each of them.
MGen Bradley James, the Commander of Marine Forces Reserve, presented the Medal of Honor Flag to Mrs. Dolia Gonzalez at the Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School on behalf of General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps. He was accompanied by SgtMaj Scott Grade, CMS Strack and CWO-5 Brantley. Also present was Cpl Tessa Watts, who is a Mass Communicator with Strategy and Operations at MARFORRRES. She photographed the event and did video interviews with a few of us about Sgt Gonzalez. Nine Marines that served with Sgt Gonzalez participated in the Medal of Honor Flag Ceremony in Edinburg, Texas. Mrs. Gonzalez calls us “her boys”. The ceremony took place at the Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School named in Sgt Gonzalez’s honor.
This is the Joan of Arc Church which I found during my return to
Hue City in March of 2016. I am in the middle. Sgt Gonzalez died in the
church on 4 Feb 1968. The 1968 picture of the church in the collage below
has four Marines walking out. Gunny Canley is the last Marine. This is
significant since Gunny Canley is walking out of the church where Sgt
Gonzalez died. Both of them are Medal of Honor recipients with whom I had
the honor to serve with in Alpha 1/1.
The town of Edinburg, Texas and the Freddy Gonzalez Elementary School honors Sgt Gonzalez every day with what they do.
We were also able to visit the Museum of South Texas and saw the Sgt Gonzalez display. A good time was had by all in attendance and we represented all of those from Alpha 1/1 who could not make this great event.