West Texas WWII Vet to Get Posthumous Purple Heart 12/7/12
December 7, 2012
EL PASO - The family of a World War II veteran injured in 1944
when he was struck by a German tank in France will be getting his military
honors in a West Texas ceremony.
The U.S. Army on Friday is scheduled to award a posthumous Purple Heart and
two Bronze Stars to Pvt. Juan C. Marquez. The honors at Fort Bliss come years
after Marquez suffered shrapnel wounds and later broken ribs and a separated
shoulder when he was hit by the tank.
Marquez died in 1948 after being struck by a car. He left behind a wife and
One son eventually looked at his father's Army documents and saw he was
wounded in combat. Antonio Marquez says U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison helped
get the medals.