BIRTHDAY FOR BENITEZ

LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Members of VFW Post 6970 honoring Valdemar Benitez, Sr. at St. Matthew Hall in Jourdanton. From left are James Koutny, David Guerrero, Frank Risley, Chaplain; and Israel Casarez. Benitez was honorably discharged from the Army of the United States on February 23, 1946. He had received the World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars along with the Good Conduct Medal. He was a machine gunner and rifle marksman. Benitez fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He is 95 years old.

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