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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 2
Birth:
15 Jun 1922 1
Death:
12 Dec 2001 1
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Person:
Manuel Mendoza 1
Gender: Male 1
Social Security Number: ***-**-8923 1
Birth:
15 Jun 1922 1
Death:
12 Dec 2001 1
Cause: Unknown 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Staff Sergeant 2
Enlistment Date:
07 Dec 1942 1
Branch 2:
Army 1
Branch 3:
Army 1
Enlistment Date 2:
13 Apr 1948 1
Enlistment Date 3:
06 Nov 1949 1
Organization:
Army 1
Organization 2:
Army 1
Organization 3:
Army 1
Organization Code:
ARMY 1
Organization Code 2:
ARMY 1
Organization Code 3:
ARMY 1
Release Date:
14 Nov 1945 1
Release Date 2:
05 Nov 1949 1
Release Date 3:
07 May 1954 1

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Medal of Honor nominee Manuel Mendoza, was born in Miami, Ariz., June 15, 1922.

Mendoza entered the U.S. Army at Fort MacArthur, Calif., November 1942. He served in both WWII and Korea.

Then-Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza is being recognized for his actions on Oct. 4, 1944, in Mt. Battaglia, Italy, where he is credited with single-handedly breaking up a German counterattack.

Mendoza was nicknamed the "Arizona Kid" for his actions in combat. Following his Army career, Mendoza found employment as a foreman at one of the largest nuclear plants in the country. He passed away at age 79.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Mendoza received the Distinguished Service Cross (this award will be upgraded to the Medal of Honor on Mar. 18), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with five Bronze Service Stars, Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge (Second Award), Honorable Service Lapel Button-World War II, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Italian Cross for Merit of War Unit Citation.

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