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Plentywood, Montana 59254 USA
Peter David Guzman was born March 17, 1949 and his home of record was Los Angeles, California. He was a Spec 4 and served with the 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry, (Currahees) 101st Airborne Division. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Pete Guzman. A few days before going to Vietnam, he married his long time sweetheart, Rose Marie on her birthday, September 12, 1969. Four months later, January 28, 1970, he was killed on Hill 474. Peter is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Montibello, California. God rest your soul, Currahee! Anyone wishing to connect with Peter's unit, please go to the website above. Wednesday, March 17, 2004
1121 E. Walnut Creek Parkway
West Covina, CA 91790 USA
He was a wonderfuly young man, who died way before his time. My Uncle still misses him very much, as do the rest of the family. To my cousin, you are a realy HERO! Monday, May 29, 2000
ADDITIONAL VIETNAM CASUALTY LISTED
Specialist Fourth Class David Guzman, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Guzman of 3151 Pyrites St., was killed in action in Vietnam Jan. 28, 1970, while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.
Guzman, whose name was not included in the list of Northeast Los Angeles war dead, brings the total for the local area to 10 known dead.
Guzman was awarded the Bronze Star with V device, first oak leaf cluster for his heroism in ground combat on Jan 28, 1970. Guzman, who served as a grenadier in the third airmobile battalion of 506th infantry, attempted to rescue a fallen comrade who was injured in a North Vietnamese Army ambush.
He was wounded while attempting to crawl forward to reach the wounded man, and opened fire on the enemy position with his grenade launcher. Refusing medical care, he leveled covering fire for the remainder of his platoon and was mortally wounded.
The citation from the Army said. "while engaging the insurgents, he was mortally wounded. His complete unselfishness at the ultimate sacrifice of his own life prevented his element from receiving many more casualties."
Guzman was also awarded the Purple Heart, and an Air Medal for completion of 25 aerial flights in Vietnam.
Guzman's widow, Rosemarie Guzman Luna, 21, of 4626 Zane St., reported her late husband's death last week to Northeast Newspapers. Mrs. Luna remarried last year. She and Guzman had been married one week before Guzman shipped out for Vietnam on Sept. 17, 1969.
Guzman, who is buried at Resurrection Cemetery, was a student at Wilson High and a member of the football team before he entered the Army. He is also survived by his brother and sister, Larry and Shirley Guzman
A Note from The Virtual Wall
On 28 January 1970, during Operation WASHINGTON GREEN, B Company 3/506th Infantry lost four men at Hill 474, 15 kilometers north-northwest of Bong Son. Jerry Berry, who served with 2/506 in Vietnam, wrote "My Gift to You" which documents the circumstances of the men who served and died with the Battalion. He opens his description of the events of 28 January as follows: "[the] 3rd Platoon had orders to evacuate the bodies of the four Currahees from 1st Platoon, Delta Company who had been killed in action three days earlier on Hill 474. As the point element of the platoon, which included the point man, SP4 Frank Madrid, slack man, SP4 Peter Guzman, and platoon leader 2Lt John Shaffer, moved down a brushy ravine filled with large boulders, an NVA force ambushed them. The enemy allowed the troopers to get within a few feet of them before springing their ambush." The four men killed in the fight were
- 1LT John A. Shaffer, Syracuse, NY;
- SGT Steven O. Dile, Chambersburg, PA (Silver Star);
- SP4 Peter D. Guzman, Los Angeles, CA; and
- SP4 Frank D. Madrid, Puerto De Luna, NM.
Rose Marie & Peter David Guzman - a cousin's wedding, February 1968.
Married September 12, 1969