Joe Gandara

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Joe Gandara
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Born (1924-04-25)April 25, 1924
Santa Monica, California
Died June 9, 1944(1944-06-09) (aged 20)
Amfreville, France
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1943–1944
Rank Private
Unit 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards

Joe Gandara (April 25, 1924 – June 9, 1944) was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and recipient of the Medal of Honor.[1]

Gandara was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a March 18, 2014 ceremony in the White House. The award came through the Defense Authorization Act which called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor.[2]

Biography[edit]

Gandara, who was the son of Mexican immigrants, joined the Army from Los Angeles in February 1943.[3][4]

According to Gandara's U.S. Army's biography:[1]

Gandara was born in Santa Monica, California, 25, 1924.
Gandara was bestowed the Medal of Honor to recognize his heroic actions on June 9, 1944, in Amfreville, France. His detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours. Gandara advanced voluntarily and alone toward the enemy position and destroyed three hostile machine-guns before he was fatally wounded.
Gandara received the Medal of Honor, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Bronze Arrowhead Device, Presidential Unit Citation, French Fourragere (Couleur à préciser), Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge-Basic with one Bronze Service Star.
Gandara's niece Miriam Adams accepts the Medal of Honor on his behalf during a White House ceremony on March 18, 2014.

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