- Not to be confused with Eduardo C. Gomez (1919–1972), who also received a Medal of Honor for action in the Korean War
Edward Gómez, Medal of Honor recipient
August 10, 1932|
|Died||September 14, 1951
KIA in Korea
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1949–1951|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||2nd Battalion 1st Marines|
|Awards||Medal of Honor (1951)
Purple Heart (x2)
Private First Class Edward Gómez (August 10, 1932 – September 14, 1951) was a United States Marine from Omaha, Nebraska who posthumously received the Medal of Honor — the United States' highest decoration for valor — for gallantly sacrificing his life to save the lives of four fellow-Marines on his machine gun team. PFC Gomez was the 18th Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Korean War.
Gómez attended Omaha High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve on August 11, 1949, at the age of 17. After recruit training at MCRD San Diego, California, he trained at Camp Pendleton, California, and went to Korea with the 7th Replacement Draft.
Medal of Honor citation
Awards and decorations
The United States' highest decoration for valor was awarded to Gómez for extraordinary heroism on September 14, 1951, at Kajon-ni, during the Battle of the Punchbowl when he smothered a hand grenade with his own body to prevent destruction of his Marine machine gun team. In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Gomez was awarded the Purple Heart with a Gold Star in lieu of a second award, the Korean Service Medal with bronze star, and the United Nations Service Medal.
|Medal of Honor|
|Purple Heart with gold star||Korean Service Medal with one bronze star||United Nations Service Medal|
- List of Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Korean War Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients
- Hispanics in the United States Marine Corps
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