Relatives and classmates of Sgt. Moises Herrera Jr. joined others in the community at a ceremony held in his honor, on Nov. 2, at the Pleasanton Fire Station. It was part of “Moises Herrera Jr. Day,” as proclaimed by Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall.
The event also marked 50 years since the first “Moises Herrera Jr. Day” was first proclaimed.
Herrera, a Pleasanton High School Class of 1967 graduate, was injured in Vietnam in 1968. He served as a platoon leader for a unit of the 25th Infantry Division.
Mayor Hall read the proclamation which states that Sgt. Herrera was a twice wounded Vietnam veteran and became paralyzed from the waist down from one of the bullets that hit his spine.
“In recognition of his service to his country, Lt. Col. Thomas E. Lacy, commander of the 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron, flew a flag during a combat mission in Vietnam,” read Hall.
“In place of the Herrera family since they were called to the bedside of their son who had passed away two hours prior, this flag was presented to Mrs. Rodriguez, wife of Sgt. Joe Rodriguez, a longtime friend of Sgt. Herrera Jr. at the opening ceremonies of the fire station on Nov. 2, 1969. This flag has since been placed at the Longhorn
Hall proclaimed Sgt. Moises Herrera Jr. Day, in honor of his service to the United States of America.
Among Herrera’s family members present were his brother, Rudy Herrera and Rudy’s wife Adela; stepsister Mary Ann Rodriguez, granddaughter of Moises Sr. Naomi Ybarra and other relatives. Herrera’s friends and fellow Vietnam veter ans Joe Rodriguez and Joe “Tony” Garcia also attended the ceremony. Garcia is also a PHS Class of 1967 graduate.
Boy Scout Troop 194 also participated in the event. An AirLife Helicopter also flew over the fire station, during the ceremony.
Among the crowd were Pleasanton Volunteer Fire Department members and officers with the Pleasanton Police Department.
Herrera’s first cousin, Roger Romero, served in Vietnam the same year.
“When he got wounded, the Red Cross flew me to where he was in the hospital in Saigon, Tan Son Nhut Air Base,” said Romero. “I was there three days and nights, to make a long story short.”
Romero served in the Co. D 62nd Eng. Battalion.
Following the ceremony at the fire station, another gathering took place at San Ysidro Cemetery in Pleasanton, for a flag-raising at the gravesites of Herrera Jr. and his father, Moises Herrera Sr. Both were Purple Heart recipients.
A get-together and reception followed at Cafe Chris in Pleasanton.