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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
25 Apr 1924 2
1924 1
California 1
Death:
09 Jun 1944 2
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Person:
Joe Gandara 1
Level of Education: 3 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
25 Apr 1924 2
1924 1
California 1
Death:
09 Jun 1944 2
Residence:
Place: LosAngeles County, California 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
20 Feb 1943 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
39561681 1
Enlistment Place:
Los Angeles California 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Semiskilled occupations in building of aircraft, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
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Box Number: 1450 1
Film Reel Number: 7.21 1

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AWARDS AND CITATIONS Distinguished Service Cross See more recipients of this award

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Joe Gandara (ASN: 39561681), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 9 June 1944, in France. When his detachment came under devastating enemy fire from a strong German force, pinning the men to the ground for a period of four hours, Private Gandara advanced voluntarily and alone toward the enemy position. Firing his machine gun from a carrying position as he moved forward, he destroyed three hostile machine guns before he was fatally wounded. By his selfless devotion to duty and outstanding valor, Private Gandara prevented heavy casualties to members of the detachment. His intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 70 (August 2, 1945)

Action Date: 9-Jun-44

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company D

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Division: 82d Airborne Division

Birth:  Apr. 25, 1924 Death:  Jun. 9, 1944, France
Joe served as a Private, Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in California prior to the war.

Joe was "Killed In Action" during the war and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 39561681


Private Joe Gandara will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Amfreville, France, on June 9, 1944. 
 
Note: "Flat Marble Marker" - Entered the service from Califonia   Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery 
Santa Monica
Los Angeles County
California, USA

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