The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes Pride in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization:
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Brigade,1st Infantry Division. Place and date:
Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam, 8 December 1968. Entered service at: Corsicana, Tex.. Born:
26 February 1944, Corsicana, Texas.
For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting Team Leader for Company B, 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Brigade,1st Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Lai Khe, Republic of Vietnam on 8 December 1968. On that day, while conducting reconnaissance, Sergeant Garcia and his platoon discovered communication wire and other signs of an enemy base camp leading into a densely vegetated area. As the men advanced, they came under intense fire. Several men were hit and trapped in the open. Ignoring a hail of hostile bullets, Sergeant Garcia crawled to within ten meters of a machinegun bunker, leaped to his feet and ran directly at the fortification, firing his rifle as he charged. Sergeant Garcia jammed two hand grenades into the gun port and then placed the muzzle of his weapon inside, killing all four occupants. Continuing to expose himself to intense enemy fire, Sergeant Garcia raced fifteen meters to another bunker and killed its three defenders with hand grenades and rifle fire. After again braving the enemies barrage in order to rescue two casualties, he joined his company in an assault which overran the remaining enemy positions. Sergeant Garcias extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.