SEGOVIA, RAUL LERMA
SEGOVIA, RAUL LERMA
Rank / Branch:
SP4, E-4 U.S. ARMY
4TH INFANTRY DIVISIO
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RAUL LERMA SEGOVIA, SPECIALIST FOUR, U.S. ARMY, MIDLAND, MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Combat Infantrymanís Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Raul "Rudy" Lerma Segovai was born in Midland, Texas to Celia Lerma and Ramon Lujan Segovia. He was the oldest child of four. He attended Midland Schools and was a 1966 graduate of Midland High School. He attended Commercial College of Midland after high school.
Midland High School-1964
He was drafted into the Army in April 1968 and completed basic and AIT at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He began his tour in Vietnam on September 9, 1968. He was assigned as an infantryman with B Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
On Pass AIT-Fort Polk, Louisana-Summer 1968
On January 29, 1969, Specialist Segovia's company was in the field on patrol. They had set up a NDP, (Night Defense Position) and Specialist Segovia's platoon was charged with defense of a section of the NDP. Each platoon sent out soldiers for L.P. (listening post duty) to an area about 50 meters out and stragetically around the company area. Each squad of about 15 to 20 men would then have five or so guys on guard duty for the three hour shifts. The others would get the opportunity to sleep. Each soldier was expected to perform his tour on guard duty. Specialist Segovia was attacked and killed by a tiger sometime in the early morning of January 30, 1969. He was not missed until his turn for guard duty came up and he could not be found. His remains were found the next morning.
Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Tx
He was buried with full military honors at the Fairview Cemetery in Midland, Texas. He was survived by his parents, his sister, Mary Helen and brothers, Bobby and Israel.
His father passed away in 1989 and is buried near Rudy in the Veteran's Section of Fairview Cemetery. His brother Bobby passed away in 2009. His sister lives in San Antonio and his mother now lives with Israel and wife in Wylie, Texas.